Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria over parade attack

Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria over parade attack
Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria over parade attack

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard fires missiles targeting the Islamic State group in Syria.AP/Sepahnews

Iran says it has launched ballistic missiles into eastern Syria targeting militants it blames for a recent attack on a military parade.

Key points: The missiles were apparently fired to avenge an assault by gunmen on a military parade It is the second time in just over a year that Iran has fired missiles into Syria Iranian state media reported the missile launch but Syria has not acknowledged it

State television and the state-run IRNA news agency said the attacks "killed and wounded" militants in Syria "east of the Euphrates River", without elaborating. Syrian state media did not immediately acknowledge the strike.

Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard published images on its website showing what it described as the missile launch near a rocky outcropping in an undisclosed location.

The Guard has launched missiles from Iran's western provinces for such attacks in the past.

The attack adds to confusion over who carried out the assault on the military parade in Ahvaz on September 22 that killed at least 24 people and wounded over 60.

Iran initially blamed Arab separatists for the attack in which gunmen disguised as soldiers open fire on the crowd and officials watching the parade from a riser in the southwestern city.

Photo Iranian armed forces members march in last month's military parade that was attacked by gunmen.

AP: Ebrahim Noroozi

Arab separatists also immediately claimed the attack and offered details about one of the attackers that ultimately turned out to be true.

The Islamic State group also claimed responsibility for the assault, initially making factual incorrect claims about it but later releasing footage of several men that Iran ultimately identified as attackers, though the men in the footage never pledged allegiance to the extremist group.

This is the third time in recent months that Iran has fired its ballistic missiles in anger, and the second attack on Syria in over a year.

Last year, Iran fired ballistic missiles into Syria over a bloody Islamic State attack on Tehran targeting parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In September, Iran fired missiles into Iraq targeting a base of an Iranian Kurdish separatist group.

The separatists say that strike killed at least 11 people and wounded 50.


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