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Iran fires missiles into Daesh positions in Syria

TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. (IGRC) said it launched a series of missiles into Syria on Sunday in revenge for deadly attacks on its capital that were claimed by the Daesh group.
The missiles were fired from western Iran across the border into Deir Ezzor province, in northeastern Syria, targeting what the IGRC called “terror bases.”
The IGRC said, in a statement published on its Sepahnews website, that the missiles were “in retaliation” for the June 7 attacks on Tehran claimed by Daesh.
“Medium-range missiles were fired from the (western) provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdestan, and a large number of terrorists were killed and weapons destroyed,” the statement said.
It said the attack targeted “a command base.... of the terrorists in Deir Ezzor,” Syria’s oil-rich eastern province.
On June 7, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the parliament complex and the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, killing 17 people.
The Daesh group claimed responsibility.
The IGRC vowed to avenge the bloodshed.
The Islamic republic of Iran is a key ally of the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad, alongside Russia and the Iran-backed Hezbollah movement of Lebanon.
Iran has sent to Syria military advisers as well as thousands of “volunteer” fighters recruited among its own nationals as well as the Shiite communities in neighboring Afghanistan and Pakistan since Syria’s conflict broke out in March 2011.
According to a report published in March, some 2,100 combatants sent by Iran have died in Syria and Iraq.

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