Iran fires missiles at militant groups in eastern Syria

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Previous actions centered on supporting Shiite militias in Iraq and sending troops in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a key Iranian ally. Iran's Revolutionary Guard, a hard-line paramilitary force, has seen advisers and fighters killed in the conflict.

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

It did not immediately offer other specifics, other than to say the missiles were launched from Iran.

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"To that end the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps ... a while ago has conducted missile attacks on Takfiri terrorists' command centers, gatherings, logistic sites and factories of suicide auto bombs in Deir ez-Zor region, east of Syria", said the IRGC in a statement.

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

Islamic State issued a statement claiming responsibility for the Tehran attack.

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Five ISIL-linked attackers stormed Iran's parliament and a shrine to revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on June 7, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 50.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which accused Saudi Arabia of involvement in the attacks, had also vowed to avenge the attacks. According to Iran, the militant groups were responsible for the twin terror attacks in Tehran about two weeks ago.

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