Military sources in Tel Aviv and other international reports confirmed that Iran’s ballistic missile strike against ISIS militants late on Sunday has failed, and that the majority of those missiles missed their targets.
The sources said that ballistic missiles fired from Iran against ISIS positions in Syria, were not accurate and that the majority of them failed to land in the targeted positions.
According to the same sources, Iran launched four to five missiles from two different positions towards two positions in Deir Ezzor and Palmyra.
However, only one or two missiles hit the target.
However, according to Iranian sources, Tehran fired around six ground-to-ground Zulfiqar ballistic missiles with a range of 700 kilometers.
Iran also said it later sent drones flying from near Damascus to Deir Ezzor to transmit footage of the missiles hitting their targets.
The missile strikes came as a response to twin ISIS terror attacks in Iran on June 7th.
Contrary to the Iranian reports that revealed Iran’s military capacity, Israeli security sources said Tehran missed its targets.
The sources added that according to footages provided by a US Satellite, four of the Iranian missiles landed in Iraq and only two landed in its intended target in Syria’s Deir Ezzor province.
Those reports were later confirmed by Israeli Defense Forces chief, marking the first Iranian ballistic attack outside its own territory in 30 years was a failure.
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot downplayed the significance of an Iranian missile strike against ISIS terrorists in Syria, saying “the operational achievement was less than what was reported in the media,” during a wide-ranging speech on Israel’s security threats on Tuesday night.
The army chief’s remarks appeared to confirm the claims made by anonymous Israeli security sources on Monday that only one or two of the six or seven Iranian missiles that were launched actually hit their target.
The missile strike also reveals one important weakness at the Iranian military level: Tehran’s warplanes fleet is old.
The Zulfiqar solid-fueled short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) belongs to the old groups of missiles, which have been present in the region for a long time.
Those missiles include the Fateh-110 and the Fateh-313 family of SRBMs.
According to western sources, such types of missiles could have been also sent to Lebanon in the past few years.
Israeli military officials confirm that Zulfiqar missiles do not constitute a threat to Israel, unless launched from the Lebanese territories.
Syrian opposition activist Omar Abu Laila, who is based in Germany but closely follows events in his native Deir el-Zour, said two Iranian missiles fell near and inside Mayadin, an Islamic State stronghold.
He said there were no casualties from the strikes. The ISIS group did not immediately acknowledge the strikes.
Iranian media has highlighted the missile attack as a success and the first by Iran outside its own territory in 30 years, since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88.
Iran presented the missile strike as a response to twin ISIS terror attacks in Iran on June 7 in which 17 people were killed, and Revolutionary Guards officials warned that other assaults on Iran would lead to similar retaliatory attacks.
The strike was seen as a threatening message to Iran’s rivals in the region and elsewhere.
“The Saudis and Americans are especially receivers of this message,” Gen. Ramazan Sharif of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard told state television.
Walla news, quoted unnamed “diplomatic sources” also saying that only one or two of the seven Iranian missiles hit their target.
Speaking to The Times of Israel later Monday, Ya’ari said his information was based on security sources, and that these sources were “amazed” at the poor performance of the Iranian missiles. “This is what they have to show for 30 years of missile development? Even Hezbollah can do better,” he quoted the sources as saying.