Iran Continues Ballistic-Missiles Tests
Iran fires a barrage of ballistic missiles at Syria after parade attack
- Iran has fired missiles at militants in Syria it blames for an attack in southwestern Iran on Sept. 22, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Monday.
- The Guards said the operation was a sign of Tehran's readiness to punish its enemies' "wickedness."
- Iran blamed the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, without evidence, for backing terror groups that carried out the September 22 attack, and said it was attacking those groups.
Iran has fired missiles at militants in Syria it blames for an attack in southwestern Iran on Sept. 22, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Monday (October 1).
The Guards said the operation was a sign of Tehran's readiness to punish its enemies' "wickedness."
The strike took place at 2 a.m. local time and targeted the bases of "takfiri terrorists" backed by America and regional powers in eastern Syria, the Guards said in a statement on Sepah News, the official news site of the powerful military force. Video footage was also released showing several missiles streaking into a dark sky during the attack.
The ballistic missiles used in the attack flew 570 km (354 miles) to hit the targets, the Guards said. A map shown on state TV pinpointed Kermanshah in western Iran as the launch site and Albu Kamal in southeast Syria as the target.
Twelve Guards were among those killed in the attack on Sept. 22, when gunmen fired on a viewing stand as military officials watched a ceremony in the city of Ahvaz marking the start of Iran's 1980-1988 war with Iraq.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, said last week that the militants responsible were paid by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and that Iran would "severely punish" those behind the violence. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have denied involvement in the attack.
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