Iran fires missiles at Syria 'terrorists' after deadly attack
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Monday (October 1st) they launched a missile strike against a "terrorist" headquarters in Syria in retaliation for an attack that killed 24 people in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, AFP reported.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had vowed a "crushing" response to last month's assault -- claimed by the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) on a military parade commemorating the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
"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 Revolutionary Guards," the IRGC said.
Iran's Fars news agency said the IRGC fired "a number of medium-range" Zolfaghar and Qiam missiles, which hit the Syrian desert border town of Albu Kamal on the Euphrates River, in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, "heavy explosions took place at dawn (Monday) in the last pocket under ISIS control near Albu Kamal".
Albu Kamal, located on the border with Iraq, is held by Syrian regime forces and allied regional militiamen who seized it from ISIS in 2007.