Iran launches missile, drone attacks on militants in Syria

Al-Monitor – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has responded to the Sept. 22 terrorist attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz — which both the Islamic State (IS) and Arab separatists claimed — by using missiles and, for the first time outside of its borders, armed drones against targets in Syria.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said after the missile attack, “Any action or movement from the military or political segments is not without a message and certainly has special messages.” He continued, “What can be stated clearly is Iran’s serious determination for countering centers of terrorism, a determination that we saw this morning from the forces of the IRGC.”

Ghassemi did not elaborate on what the message was. The IRGC’s Aerospace Force commander, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said after the missile launch, “The national security of Iran is our red line, and we will not compromise on this.” He added that the use of missiles and armed drones was meant to be “a lesson to not support terrorists and they should be scared of this situation.” Paraphrasing Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Hajizadeh said, “If they hit us once, we’ll hit them twice.”

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