Iran fires missiles at Syria 'terrorists' after deadly attack

The missile strike targeted the area of Albu Kamal in eastern Syria near the border with Iraq. Image Twitter/@myamigocouk

Last year, the Guards fired missiles at Islamic State militants in Syria after the group claimed responsibility for an attack on the parliament in Tehran and the mausoleum of the founder of Iran's revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, that left at least 18 people dead and dozens wounded.

Tehran, in an official statement, said its missile attack in Syria targeted both "Takfiri" militants - a term they often use to refer to IS - and Ahvazi separatists.

It later said the "IRGC aerospace branch" strikes targeted the "gatherings of the ringleaders" behind the Ahwaz attack with several surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and published images purporting to show the strikes.

The attack adds to confusion over who carried out an assault on a military parade in Ahvaz on September 22.

Boukamal is held by forces loyal to Syria's embattled President Bashar Assad.

The missiles had enough range to strike regional USA military bases and targets inside both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

But on Monday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appeared to link the perpetrators to militant groups operating in Iraq and Syria, where IS once had major strongholds.

The US military's Central Command acknowledged that Iranian forces conducted "no-notice strikes" in the area.

The strikes also capped a week of Iranian diplomacy at the United Nations, where President Hassan Rouhani sought to rally European and other nations to oppose stepped-up USA efforts to target Iran.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday night castigated Iran for falsely seeking to tie Israel to an attack at a military parade in southern Iran last month in which at least 24 people were killed.

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Seven drones were also used to bomb militant targets during the attack, the Guards said.

The ballistic missiles used in the attack flew 570 km (354 miles) to hit the targets, the Guards said.

"We will continue this struggle until total annihilation of terrorists and as the Leader [of the Islamic Revolution] said, if they hit [us] with one [missile], they will be hit with 10 [Iranian missiles]", he concluded.

In this photo released on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, missiles are fired from city of Kermanshah in western Iran targeting the Islamic State group in Syria.

Iranian officials initially blamed Arab separatists backed by Gulf allies of the United States for the attack.

"The coalition is still assessing if any damage occurred, and no coalition forces were in danger", U.S. Army Col. Sean Ryan said.

The Islamic State group also claimed responsibility for the Ahvaz assault, but initially made factually incorrect claims about it.

At least one of the missiles #Iran launched from outside the Kurdish city of Kermanshan exploded moments after it was sacked and landed in the outskirts of the city.

In Monday's statement, the Guard said that based on evidence from the Ahvaz attack, the "terrorists" in eastern Syria are supported and guided by the United States in line with "satanic" plans of the White House, the Zionist regime - Iranian parlance for Israel - and a regional power, a reference to Saudi Arabia.

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