Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

Iran on Sunday launched missiles into eastern Syria in response to an attack on its parliament and a shrine in Tehran by ISIL militants.

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

Iran backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his fight against anti-government rebel groups and ISIS, which is primarily based in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

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.

A Guard statement carried on its website said many "terrorists" were killed and their weapons had been destroyed in the strike.

In March, an official was quoted by Iran's IRNA news agency as saying that about 2,100 combatants sent by Iran have been killed in Syria and Iraq. Deir el-Zour is home to both Islamic State militants and civilians.

ISIL, which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and is also known as ISIS, claimed responsibility for the June 7 attacks on Iran's parliament and the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini that left 17 people dead.

Shiite-majority Iran and Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia have long had a sectarian feud. According to Iran, the militant groups were responsible for the twin terror attacks in Tehran about two weeks ago.

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