Iran fired half-a-dozen ballistic missiles from domestic bases that hit Islamic State targets deep in Syria. The reason given was to avenge the Islamic State's recent suicide attacks on the Iranian Parliament. Israel is right next door to Syria. And for decades, Teheran's ruling mullahs have been saying they intend to exterminate the Jews. So Tel Aviv is feeling the heat. Lest anyone miss the point, Iran's foreign ministry issued a statement saying these launches were a message to Israel, America, and the Saudis. To our knowledge, this was the first-ever battlefield test of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) in the Mideast. These missiles take just minutes to hit their targets. So it's hard to over-estimate how alarming a development this truly is. The global media practically goes into paroxysms of alarm over North Korea's IRBM tests -- none of which have actually ever hit a target. Some of them blew up on the launchpad, so nobody knows how close Kim's IRBMs are from actually being operational. Not so for Iran -- which has now successfully demonstrated its ability to annihilate military targets in Israel and Saudi Arabia with missiles fired from inside its territory. Make no mistake, Iran can now devastate Saudi Arabia's oil fields and all of Israel's cities with the push of a button. Look at the following timeline from the past three months and realize that in the previous six years of the Syrian civil war, there was not one instance of direct fighting between the U.S. and Iranian proxies. Now, they clash almost daily. April 4: Syrian President Bashar Assad launched a devastating chemical attack against his own people. April 6: U.S. President Donald Trump responded by firing 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the Mediterranean against the Syrian airfield, which marked the first time the U.S. had directly targeted the Assad regime in the Syrian civil war. May 18: A group from the Sayyid al-Shuhada Brigade, an Iranian-supported militia, approached the American al-Tanf military base on the border between Syria, Iraq and Jordan and, subsequently, was destroyed by aircraft. May 29: Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units, a massive fighting force of mainly Iranian-backed militias, reached the Syrian border from Iraqi territory for the first time. Pictures were widely circulated in Iranian and Syrian media.