It is officially reported that Iran launched several missiles into eastern Syria, targeting Islamic State fighters in retaliation for the twin attacks that rocked Tehran on June 7.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard says it targeted ISIL bases in Deir Az Zor in retaliation for the June 7 attacks in Tehran.
Iranian television showed footage of the missiles being launched into the night sky.
The firing of the missiles, the first in 30 years outside Iran’s own territory, came hours after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a statement on his website, vowed Iran would “slap its enemies” in honor of the victims’ families, including those killed in Syria and Iraq. The attack last week, which included shootings and at least one suicide bombing, was on Iran’s parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic.
Iran backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his fight against anti-government rebel groups and ISIS, which is primarily based in the Syrian city of Raqqa.
Military leaders and officials in Iran, a predominantly Shi’ite country, often refer to Sunni Muslim radicals as Takfiris. Iran and Saudi Arabia have long been embroiled in a sectarian feud. Both are on the opposite sides of violent conflicts in Syria, Yemen and most recently Iran has come to the support of Qatar.
As per the reports, several ground-to-ground, mid-range missiles were fired from bases in Kermanshah province, western Iran.