IDF Chief: Iranian Missiles Underperformed in Syria Strike

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The Times of Israel reports: IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot downplayed the significance of an Iranian missile strike against the Islamic State 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. Though he denied their efficacy, Eisenkot acknowledged that the missiles “made a statement” to the world about Iran’s preparedness to use its ballistic missiles, something it hadn’t done since 1988.

The strikes were in ostensible response to twin terror attacks in Tehran earlier this month that killed over a dozen people for which the Islamic State took responsibility.

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