The top Iranian general says the IRGC’s Monday missile and drone attacks on terrorists’ positions in Syria were just the first stage of Tehran’s retaliation against those who sponsored and orchestrated a recent raid on a military parade in Iran’s Ahvaz, which killed 25 and wounded dozens more.
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Bagheri made the remarks on Monday, hours after the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it had targeted terrorist positions to the east of the river Euphrates, near Albu Kamal town on Syria’s eastern border with Iraq.
He further noted that the missiles and drones flew long distances before hitting the terrorists’ hideouts in Syria. “Several high-profile terrorists were killed during the attacks,” he added.
“It [the attack] showed the security of Iranian people is a red line for the Leader, the Armed Forces, and the country’s ruling system,” Bagheri noted, vowing that such attack would not happen again thanks to the measures adopted after the recent attacks.
Earlier, the commander of the IRGC Aerospace Division also said the nation's security is a red line. Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh added, Iran will not take a step back in the face of threats against its security.
On Saturday September 22, 2018, gunmen opened fire on people from behind a viewing stand at Quds Boulevard of Ahvaz during the parade held to mark the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's invasion of Iran which led to an eight-year war in the 1980s.
Most of the casualties of Ahvaz terrorist attack are civilians.
Iranian forces killed three of the terrorists in a clash after the attack, and a remaining terrorist died in hospital.