Iran's Revolutionary Guard says it fired missiles due to ISIS-claimed attacks

Iran's Revolutionary Guard has launched a series of missile strikes on eastern Syria over Islamic State-claimed attacks on Tehran

The IRGC announced on Sunday that the medium-range ground-to-ground missiles were launched from Iran's western provinces of Kermanshah and Kordestan in response to the recent Daesh-claimed terror attacks in Tehran, which killed 18 people and injured 50 more.

Media reports said this marked the first time Iran had fired missiles as an act of war since the end of the Iran-Iraq war in 1988.

Sunday's assault marked an extremely rare direct attack from the Islamic Republic amid its support for embattled Syrian president Bashar Assad.

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The guard says a "large number of terrorists were killed and weapons destroyed" in the strikes on Deir Ezzor province.

It did not immediately offer other specifics, other than to say the missiles were launched from Iran. "The spilling of any pure blood will not go unanswered".

The IRGC said the missile strikes were a warning to deter future Islamic State attacks.

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In those attacks, ISIS-linked fighters stormed Parliament and a shrine to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility.

Senior Iranian officials, however, have pointed a finger at Saudi Arabia, Iran's Sunni regional rival.

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In the Tehran attack, witnesses said the gunmen wielded AK-47 rifles and hand grenades, and appeared to be outfitted with suicide vests.

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