Iran's Revolutionary Guard strikes Syria for Tehran attacks

19 June, 2017, 00:22 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Such an attack is rare in Syria's long-running civil war, in which Iran is backing embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad. Iran's Revolutionary Guard, a hard-line paramilitary force, has seen advisers and fighters killed in the conflict.

The unofficial footage below released on social media shows what is reported to be one of the missiles being launched from one of Iran's western provinces.

Activists in Syria said they had no immediate information on damage or casualties from the strikes, launched from Iran's Kurdistan and Kermanshah provinces.

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It came hours after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a statement on his website, vowed Iran would "slap its enemies" in honour of the victims' families, including those killed in Syria and Iraq.

"The spilling of innocent blood will not go unanswered", said the IRGC in a statement. Iran identifies Islamic State militants as "Takfiri terrorists".

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which accused Saudi Arabia of involvement in the attacks, had also vowed to avenge the attacks. However, it stopped short of directly blaming the kingdom for the attack, though many in the country expressed suspicion Iran's regional rival had a hand in the attack. It was the first time that ISIS, a Sunni Muslim group fighting Iranian-backed militias in Syria, has claimed responsibility for an attack in Iran.

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