Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launches missiles into Syria over parade attack

Source: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard launches missiles into Syria over parade attack | The Times of Israel

Several ballistic missiles said to kill and wound militants in east of the country in response to assault on military parade in Ahvaz on Sept. 22 that killed at least 24 people

This picture taken on September 22, 2018, in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows Iranian soldiers carrying away an injured colleague at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. (AFP/ ISNA / MORTEZA JABERIAN)

This picture taken on September 22, 2018, in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows Iranian soldiers carrying away an injured colleague at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. (AFP/ ISNA / MORTEZA JABERIAN)

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Monday it launched ballistic missiles into eastern Syria targeting militants it blamed for a recent attack on a military parade.

State television and the state-run IRNA news agency said the attacks “killed and wounded” militants in Syria.

“The headquarters of those responsible for the terrorist crime in Ahvaz was attacked a few minutes ago east of the Euphrates by several ballistic missiles fired by the aerospace branch of the Guardians of the RevSolution,” the Guards said on their official website.

Syrian state media did not immediately acknowledge the strike.

The Guard published images on its website showing what it described as the missile launch near a rocky outcropping in an undisclosed location. Previously, the Guard has launched missiles from Iran’s western provinces for such attacks.

The attack adds to confusion over who carried out the assault on the military parade in Ahvaz on Sept. 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. Arab separatists also immediately claimed the attack and offered details about one of the attackers that ultimately turned out to be true.

In this photo provided by Mehr News Agency, civilians try to take shelter in a shooting scene, during a military parade marking the 38th anniversary of Iraq’s 1980 invasion of Iran, in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, Iran, Sept. 22, 2018 (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Mehdi Pedramkhoo)

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

In a three-minute audio recording released last week, the Sunni jihadist group’s spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir said Iran “had not recovered from the fearful shock, which God willing will not be the last.”

The deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has warned Israel and the US that they can expect a “devastating” response from Iran, repeating accusations of their involvement in the attack.

An Iranian man holds a placard denouncing the USA, Israel and Saudi Arabia during a mass funeral for the victims of those killed during an attack on a military parade on the weekend, in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz on September 24, 2018. (AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE)

This is the third time in recent months that Iran has fired its ballistic missiles in anger.

Last year, Iran fired ballistic missiles into Syria over a bloody IS 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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