Most likely the Iranian missile attack on Eastern Syria was far more a message for the US coalition than a retaliation against ISIS.
Three points to consider:
- The proximity in time to the downing of a Syrian Warplane makes the missile attack a likely soft-retaliation for the US attack within sovereign Syria.
- The Iranians need a powerplay as the SDF/YPG are moving South and North in a rush to pick up the pieces as ISIS falls apart. The message is clear: “Don’t expect a post ISIS Syria to be a cake walk.”
- Iran wanted to send a message to Israel: “We can already reach you.”
As the Syrian war seems to be exploding in a far more dangerous and chaotic way all the issues surrounding the war are coming to a head. The next move is now Trump’s…is he willing to stop Iran?