Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria

19 June, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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Iran's paramilitary group, launched a series of ballistic missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria on Sunday in an apparent retaliation for the ISIS's earlier attack on the Iranian capital.

The Guard's website, as well as semi-official news agencies, reported the strikes Sunday on Deir el-Zour, Syria.

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.

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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"The spilling of any innocent blood will not go unanswered", Press TV cited a statement by the Revolutionary Guards as saying.

Tehran was rocked by two deadly attacks on June 7 targeting Iran's Parliament building and a shrine dedicated to the republic's revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini.

Shiite-majority Iran and Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia have long had a sectarian feud.

Islamic State issued a statement claiming responsibility for the Tehran attack. 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.

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