To retaliate against terror outfit Islamic State, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced that it launched a series of missiles into Syria.
Iran said the missiles were “in retaliation” for the June 7 attacks on Tehran claimed by IS, that killed 17 people.
The missiles were fired from western Iran across the border into Deir Ezzor province, in northeastern Syria, targeting what the Guard called “terror bases”.
“Medium-range missiles were fired from the (western) provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and weapons destroyed,” the statement said.
The attack targeted “a command base…. of the terrorists in Deir Ezzor”, Syria’s oil-rich eastern province.
On June 7, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, killing 17 people.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had also accused Saudi Arabia of “promoting terrorist groups” in Iran.
The Islamic republic of Iran is a key ally of the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, alongside Russia and the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement of Lebanon.
Iran has sent military advisers as well as thousands of “volunteer” fighters to Syria. These volunteers were recruited from among its own nationals as well as the Shiite communities in neighbouring Afghanistan and Pakistan since Syria’s conflict broke out in March 2011.
(With inputs from agencies)