Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria linked to attack

Iran fires missiles at militants in Syria linked to attack

Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps said that it fired six medium-range missiles into Syria from bases in western Iran at 2 a.m. local time, striking east of the Euphrates River and killing and wounding several militants. The separatists say that strike killed at least 11 people and wounded 50.

"This is the roaring of missiles belonging to the Revolutionary Guard of the Islamic Revolution", an Iranian state TV reporter said as the missiles launched behind him.

Israel's Hadashot TV news reported Monday night that one of the Iranian missiles crashed soon after launch.

Iran's supreme leader has called out the two Arab nations by name, accusing them of being behind the September 22 attack on the parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, something denied by both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.

This handout photo provided by Iran's Revolutionary Guard official website shows missiles being launched from an undisclosed location to target militants in eastern Syria early on October 1, 2018.

State television and the state-run IRNA news agency said the attacks "killed and wounded" militants in Syria, without elaborating.

Iran's supreme leader has called out the two Arab nations by name, accusing them of being behind the September 22 attack on the parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, something denied by both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.

The ballistic missiles used in the attack flew 570 km (354 miles) to hit the targets, the Guards said. "In a few minutes, the world of arrogance - especially America, the (Israeli) Zionist regime and the Al Saud - will hear the sound of Iran's repeated blows".

"The terrorists used bullets and we gave them a reply with missiles", Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the IRGC's aerospace division, according to the Fars news agency.

IS, which Iran and its Damascus allies are fighting in Syria, said all five of the Ahvaz attackers were Iranian, including four from the city.

The town of Albu Kamal itself is held by regime forces and allied regional militiamen who seized it from IS in 2017.

The Ahvaz National Resistance, an Iranian ethnic Arab separatist movement, and the Islamic State have both claimed responsibility for last week's attack, which killed 25 people.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, said last week that the militants responsible for the Ahvaz attack were paid by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and that Iran would "severely punish" those behind the violence.

The U.S. military's Central Command acknowledged that Iranian forces conducted "no-notice strikes" in the area. Iranian officials often use the word "takfiri" to describe Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL also known as ISIS).

"On at least one of the missiles was written "death to America", "death to Israel" and "death to Al Saud", it said, a reference to the ruling family in Saudi Arabia, Iran's regional rival.

Both the Islamic State group and an Arab separatist group have claimed the assault.

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.

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