Iran says it fired missiles targeting Daesh in Syria

Violet Tucker
June 19, 2017

The Islamic republic of Iran is a key ally of the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, alongside Russian Federation and the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement of Lebanon.

The missile strikes, which occurred on Saturday, are the first reported ground-to-ground strikes from Iran into Syria since the Arab country descended into a civil war in 2011.

"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 Guard warned ISIL militants and their "regional and global supporters" that similar retaliatory attacks would target them as well if another assault in Iran occurred. "In case if attacks on Iran continue, the flame of our justifiable anger will burn terrorists to ashes", the Revolutionary Guards said in a statement.

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Activists in Syria did not immediately have information about the Iranian-claimed strikes. Iran identifies Islamic State militants as "Takfiri terrorists".

On June 7, 23 people were killed and scores injured in attacks claimed by Daesh on Iran's parliament building and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic. According to Iran, the militant groups were responsible for the twin terror attacks in Tehran about two weeks ago.

Shiite-majority Iran and Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia have long had a sectarian feud.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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