Iran said the missile attack it launched in Syria killed 40 “top leaders” of Islamic State and intelligence for the operation was provided by its elite Quds Force.
Iran fired six missiles at targets in the Abu Kamal and Hajin regions in eastern Syria, retaliation for an attack on a military parade in Iran on September 22 that killed 25 people, nearly half members of its Revolutionary Guards.
The Quds Force is in charge of the Revolutionary Guards’ overseas operations.
“Based on information we received, around 40 top leaders of Daesh were killed in this attack,” General Amirali Hajizadeh, head of the Guards’ aerospace division, was quoted by Iran’s state media as saying. “Daesh” is a derogatory Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
“A highlight of this operation was the Quds force providing intelligence needed for the attack.”
The Islamic State and the Ahwaz National Resistance, a separatist ethnic Arab movement in Iran, both claimed responsibility for the September attack, but neither has presented conclusive evidence.
Iranian military support is vital in helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad through his country’s civil war. Iran dismissed US demands for it to leave Syria.