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IRGC Commander: Detached Engines of Iran’s Anti-ISIL Missiles Land in Iraq

25 June 2017 17:59


Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh dismissed certain Israeli media reports claiming that a number of missiles Iran fired at ISIL positions in Syria have come down in Iraq, saying that they were the detached engines of the missiles.

“What the so-called (Israeli) experts have named (as missiles) were actually the detached engines of the missiles which came down in Iraq,” General Hajizadeh told FNA on Sunday.

Noting that the missiles used in the last Sunday anti-ISIL operations were of special types whose bodies detach from the warhead 100km before hitting the target and their bodies landed on the Iraqi soil, he said all missiles hit the target in Syria successfully as footage recorded by the drones showed.

“It is interesting to know that 4 minutes after the first missile hit the target, the US aircraft immediately flew over the region, meaning that it was an overt operation,” General Hajizadeh said.

He said that the Americans had been informed of the operations through one of Iran’s allies, possibly the Russians, and reiterated that the missile strikes inflicted heavy damage and casualties on the terrorists.

General Hajizadeh also said that the missile attack conveyed a message for the regional supporters of the terrorists.

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 last 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.

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.

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