Iran's Revolutionary Guard strikes Syria for Tehran attacks

Alejandro Massey
June 19, 2017

Several Iranian news agencies reported on Sunday evening that Iran has fired several missiles at the bases of militant groups in eastern Syria.

Iran's paramilitary group, launched a series of ballistic missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria on Sunday in an apparent retaliation for the ISIS's earlier attack on the Iranian capital.

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.

Media reports said this marked the first time Iran had fired missiles as an act of war since the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988. The Guard's website said it launched surface-to-surface medium-range missiles targeting the area.

"The spilling of innocent blood will not go unanswered", said the IRGC in a statement.

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

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.

Five ISIL-linked attackers stormed Iran's parliament and a shrine to revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 7, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 50.

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

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