Iran says its missiles into Syria hit ISIL targets
TEHRAN – Agence France-PresseIran’s Revolutionary Guards said yesterday missiles it fired into Syria had successfully hit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in retaliation for Tehran attacks claimed by the jihadists earlier this month.
“Based on credible information, the missile operation against Daesh has been successful,” Revolutionary Guards spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said on the elite force’s Sepahnews website, using an Arabic acronym for ISIL.
The Guards fired six missiles from the west of Iran across the border and into Syria’s mostly ISIL-held Deir Ezzor province, targeting an ISIL command base, they said earlier.
June 18’s strike came after twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 killed 17 people, in the first attacks in the Islamic republic claimed by ISIL.
The missile attack was the first by Iran outside its own territory in 30 years, since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88, media in the Islamic republic has reported.
General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, who heads the Revolutionary Guards’ aerospace wing, told state television: “The missiles were fired from Iran and they passed over Iraq and landed in Syria.”
“Drones flying from near Damascus to Deir Ezzor transmitted (footage of) missiles hitting their targets,” he said.
“Firing these missiles from 600 or 700 kilometres away onto a small building... demonstrates Iran’s capacity and intelligence capabilities” against jihadist groups, he said.