Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it fired a number of missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria in response to recent attacks in Tehran, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. “A number of mid-range surface-to-surface missiles” were launched from bases in Iran’s western border provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan, delivering “fatal and crushing blows” to targets in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor area, according to a statement from the IRGC’s office of public affairs, published by Tasnim. The public-affairs office said the missiles were launched in response to June 7 attacks in which gunmen opened fire on Iran’s parliament and suicide bombers hit the mausoleum of the late Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, killing at least 17 people and injuring dozens more. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Hours before the IRGC released its statement, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said “everyone should know” that Iran’s enemies “cannot slap us, we will slap them in the face,” according to his official website.
Last week, Iran accused the U.S. and its regional ally Saudi Arabia of supporting and aiding those attacks. Iran and Saudi Arabia are on opposing sides of wars in Syria and Yemen, fueled in part by competing sectarian ideologies and their differing stances toward Washington.
Iranian security forces have arrested dozens of people suspected of involvement in the attacks during the past 10 days, the majority in Iran’s mainly Kurdish province of Kordestan, which shares a border with Iraq.