Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Monday that it had launched at least six ballistic missiles into eastern Syria, targeting militants the paramilitary force blames for a recent attack on a military parade in Iran, in order to “convey a clear message to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and Israel.”
The Jerusalem Post reported that the incident shows that the Islamic Republic is prepared to strike wherever it pleases. The launch was Iran’s second such missile attack on Syria in over a year.
One missile shown on state television carried the slogans “Death to America, Death to Israel, Death to Al Saud,” referring to Saudi Arabia’s royal family. The missile also bore in Arabic the phrase “kill the friends of Satan,” a verse in the Quran which calls for war against infidels.
Iranian state television and the state-run IRNA news said that the IRGC’s Aerospace Force had fired the missiles in the middle of the night. The devices flew 570 km, crossing from Kermanshah in Iran over northern Iraq into Syria where Tehran says they struck areas east of the Euphrates near Al-Bukamal.
“This is the roaring of missiles belonging to the Revolutionary Guards of the Islamic Revolution. In a few minutes, the world of arrogance—especially America, the Zionist regime and the Al Saud—will hear the sound of Iran’s repeated blows,” the state TV’s reporter said as the missiles launched behind him.
The launch comes after Iran had blamed the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia for the attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz on Sept. 22 that killed at least 25 people and wounded over 60. Arab separatists, as well as the Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assault.
However, a statement released by the IRGC claimed that, based on evidence from the Ahvaz attack, the terrorists in eastern Syria were supported and guided by the U.S. in line with “satanic” plans of the White House, the Zionist regime, and a regional power, a reference to Saudi Arabia.
The statement added that the IRGC was prepared for any further steps by Iran’s enemies.
In January, the U.S. imposed sanctions on five Iranian entities over their involvement in developing ballistic missiles, “These sanctions target key entities involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, which the Iranian regime prioritizes over the economic well-being of the Iranian people,” said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. In August, Reuters reported that Iran had transferred a number of short-range ballistic missiles to proxy forces in Iraq, which could threaten Israel, Saudi Arabia, or American forces in Iraq.
[Photo: IRNA ]