Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
National | By Miranda Cannon

Iran Launches Missiles Into Syria

Iran Launches Missiles Into Syria

Iran fired missiles on Sunday into eastern Syria, aiming at the bases of militant groups it holds responsible for attacks in Tehran which left 18 dead last week, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported.

Activists in Syria said they had no immediate information on damage or casualties from the strikes, launched from Iran's Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces.

The Revolutionary Guards are fighting in Syria against militant groups who oppose President Bashar al-Assad. Social media was awash in shaky mobile phone footage from those areas, allegedly showing the missiles rise in an orange glow before heading toward their targets.

"To that end the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps ... a while ago has conducted missile attacks on Takfiri terrorists' command centers, gatherings, logistic sites and factories of suicide vehicle bombs in Deir ez-Zor region, east of Syria", said the IRGC in a statement.

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"A missile strike on militants' positions is a warning to terrorists".

It came hours after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a statement on his website, vowed Iran would "slap its enemies" in honour of the victims' families, including those killed in Syria and Iraq.

Islamic State issued a statement claiming responsibility for the Tehran attack.

Iran has described the attackers as being "long affiliated with the Wahhabi", an ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia.

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