— Qalaat Al Mudiq (@QalaatAlMudiq) June 18, 2017
This attack was apparently in retaliation for the deadly attacks claimed by ISIS on June 7th:
Iran’s military announced on Sunday that it launched several missiles into Syria, targeting Islamic State fighters in retaliation for the attacks in Tehran on June 7.
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.
“In this operation, several ground-to-ground midrange missiles were fired from IRGC bases in Kermanshah Province and targeted Takfiri forces in the Deir Ezzor region in Eastern Syria,” the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on its official news website, Sepah News. The IRGC uses the term Takfiri to describe ISIS.
Tehran was rocked by two deadly attacks on June 7 targeting Iran’s Parliament building and a shrine dedicated to the republic’s revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini.
Six assailants killed 12 people in the twin attacks, which ISIS claimed. It was the first time that ISIS, a Sunni Muslim group fighting Iranian-backed militias in Syria, has claimed responsibility for an attack in Iran.
It is unclear what exactly these attacks could mean for the countries moving forward. We will bring you more information and analysis on this as it becomes available.