Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria over attack on Ahvaz military parade

Defence International

NEW DELHI: Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Monday it launched ballistic missiles into eastern Syria, and  hit an area close to the border town of Albu Kamal where Islamic State militants are known to operate.

The attack took place at 2am local time and targeted the bases of “takfiri terrorists” backed by America and regional powers in eastern Syria. Military officials said the air strike, the second such missile attack by Iran on Syria in just over a year, had “killed and injured” some militants, without elaborating further.

Iran initially blamed Arab separatists for the attack on the military parade in Ahvaz on September 22 that killed at least 24 people and wounded over 60. Arab separatists also immediately claimed the attack and  also claimed responsibility for the assault. Later, the terror group released footage of several men that Iran identified as the attackers, though those in the footage never pledged allegiance to the extremist group.

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