Iran Launches Missiles Into Eastern Syria

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KERMANSHAH PROVINCE, Iran (CNN) — Iran’s military announced on Sunday (June 18) that it launched several missiles into Syria, targeting Islamic State fighters in retaliation for the attacks in Tehran on June 7.

The missile strikes, which occurred on Saturday (June 17), are the first reported ground-to-ground strikes from Iran into Syria since the Arab country descended into a civil war in 2011.

“In this operation, several ground-to-ground midrange missiles were fired from IRGC bases in Kermanshah Province and targeted Takfiri forces in the Deir Ezzor region in Eastern Syria,” the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on its official news website, Sepah News. The IRGC uses the term Takfiri to describe ISIS.

Tehran was rocked by two deadly attacks on June 7 targeting Iran’s Parliament building and a shrine dedicated to the republic’s revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini.