Iran has launched a missile attack at rebels in Syria from its western province killing dozens of those who were reportedly behind the recent terror attack during a military parade in Iran.
The missiles, which were launched from the Iranian western province of Kermanshah on Monday, targeted the positions of the Islamic State terror group that were on the eastern banks of the Euphrates, north of the Albu Kamal district in eastern Syria.
In total, Iran launched six medium-range surface-to-surface ballistic missiles during the operation dubbed Muharram Strike. Four of the missiles were Iran’s homemade Zulfiqar type, having a range of 750 kilometers (466 miles), while the other two were Qiam, having a range of 800 kilometers (497 miles). The pictures posted by the website of Iran’s Javan newspaper showed that one of the missiles had “Death to America, Death to Israel and Death to Al Saud” written on its side.
Following the missile strike, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) launched seven combat drones and bombed the positions and strongholds used for accommodating and supporting the terrorists, according to a statement by the IRGC.
The statement read that the strikes killed several militant leaders accused of plotting an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz that was held on September 22. That attack killed 25 people and injured 69 others. Four gunmen dressed in military uniforms sprayed bullets into a crowd of marching soldiers, bystanders and government officials watching from a nearby stand. The Ahvaz National Resistance, an armed Arab separatist group, claimed responsibility for the attack.
"The terrorists used bullets and we gave them a reply with missiles," Iran’s Tasnim news agency quoted Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force, as saying after the missile launch.
Hajizadeh said that “the security of the Iranian people is our red line and we will not be found wanting,” adding that, “we used both missiles and drones in this operation to teach enemies a lesson that they should not support these terrorist groups.”
Following the September terrorist act, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, and President Hassan Rouhani linked the attack with the United States and its "allies in the region,” rather than armed rogue groups in the Middle East.
Iran has intensified operations against rebels “creating insecurity and carrying out acts of sabotage in Iran's provinces of West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan and Kermanshah” and in other border areas.
On September 8, the IRGC fired seven short-range surface-to-surface missiles, targeting “the headquarters and a meeting of leaders of a criminal grouplet and a center for training affiliated terrorists” in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, according to Press TV.
In early August, the IRGC announced that it had disbanded a team of terrorists along the country’s border with Iraq, killing 11 of its members. Later in August the IRGC Quds Force killed four members of a terrorist group during clashes occurred near Iranian city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, in the Iranian southeastern border with Pakistan.