Iran’s missiles used in recent raid on ISIS, in Tehran Quds Day rally
Three missiles of Zolfaqar and Qadr types were put on display during the Quds Day rally in Tehran’s Vali Asr intersection.
Millions of people took to the streets across Iran and other world countries on Friday to show their solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Israel’s decades-long occupation and atrocities.
A senior ISIL commander along with at least 360 other terrorists were killed in the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)’s missile attacks on their bases in Deir Ezzur, field sources said.
According to the sources, Sa’ad al-Husseini, nom de guerre Abu Sa’ad, a senior Saudi commander of ISIL was killed in the Sunday evening airstrikes.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps launched 6 missile strikes at ISIL centers in Syria’s Deir Ezzur in retaliation for the June 7 twin terrorist attacks in Tehran, the IRGC said in a statement issued on Sunday, adding that the mid-range missiles were fired from bases in Western Iran.
“The Takfiri terrorists’ command center, concentration points and logistical centers used for assembling cars for suicide attacks in Deir Ezzur region in Eastern Syria came under attack by the IRGC moments ago in a move to punish the terrorists for the twin attacks on the Iranian parliament and the holy shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, on June 7,” the statement issued by the IRGC Public Relations Office said.
“A number of mid-range ground-to-ground missiles fired from the IRGC Aerospace Force bases in Kermanshah and Kurdistan provinces targeted the Takfiri terrorists in this operation and struck them with lethal and crushing blows,” the statement said.
The statement further added that according to intel and reports, “a large number of Takfiri terrorists have been killed and their equipment, systems and weapons have been destroyed” in the operation.
The IRGC cautioned that the missile strikes were just a warning to deter any further action by the terrorists. “The IRGC warns the Takfiri terrorists and their regional and trans-regional supporters that they would be engulfed by its revolutionary wrath and flames of the fire of its revenge in case they repeat any such devilish and dirty move in future.”
An hour later, the IRGC put the number of the missiles at 6, and said that they flew through Iraq’s airspace.
The IRGC fired 6 mid-range missiles at the gathering centers of the ISIL terrorists in Deir Ezzur on Sunday evening.
Based on the information received by FNA, during the Sunday operations codenamed ‘Laylat al-Qadr’ against the ISIL positions in Syria 6 ground-to-ground missiles were fired from the IRGC bases in Kermanshah and Kurdistan provinces in Western Iran and they hit the targets in Deir Ezzur with high precision after flying through the Iraqi airspace.
Also, footages of the missile launch showed that at least two of them were of Zolfaqar and Qiam classes of the Iran-made missiles.
Iran last September started mass-production of home-made Zolfaqar missile that carries a Multiple Re-entry Vehicle payload and can destroy targets in distances up to 700km in range with a zero margin of error.
Zolfaqar, the latest generation of Iran’s mid-range missiles, which was unveiled during the nationwide parades of Armed Forces in September 2016, is capable of carrying MRV payloads and can rain down missiles on ground targets with a high level of precision-striking power.
Qiam missile is also capable of carrying different types of ‘Blast’ and ‘MRV’ payloads, and can destroy a wide range of targets. It can be launched from mobile platforms or silos in different positions and can escape missile defense shields due to its radar-evading capability.
Qiam is also a new type of surface-to-surface and cruise missile of Iran.
Three unknown assailants fired several rounds at the guards protecting the parliament building in Tehran on June 7. The assailants opened their way into the parliament’s administrative building while shooting at the guards and civilians.
A similar attack took place at the holy shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, parallel with the parliament attack.
A sum of 18 people, including a parliament guard, were killed and 52 others were wounded in the twin attacks claimed by the ISIL.
International Quds Day rallies are held annually on the last Friday of the month of Ramadan.
The day of anti-Zionist expression was first declared by Late Ayatollah Khomeini, the Leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The International Quds Day is an annual event opposing Israel’s occupation of Beitul-Muqaddas. Anti-Zionist rallies and demonstrations are held on the last Friday of Ramadan in Muslim and Arab countries around the world, specially in Iran, as well as a large number of non-Muslim states.
The International Quds Day was started by the late Founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, in 1979 as a way of expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and underscoring importance of the holy Quds to Muslims.