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Iran fires rockets in 'revenge' at Islamic State in Syria

TEHRAN -- Iran fired rockets on Islamic State forces in Syria Sunday, "revenge" for an attack by the terrorist group in Iran earlier this month, according to Iranian news reports.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard launched the missiles against the site in Deir al-Zour, according to the Tasnim news agency.

"Our rockets bombarded the IS base in the east of Syria," read the Guards statement, using a common acronym for Islamic State. The attack was the punishment for the "criminal terrorists" and the revenge for the victims of a June 7 attack in Tehran.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a June 7 attack in which six terrorists attacked Iran's parliament and a mausoleum dedicated to revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leaving a total of 17 victims dead and more than 50 injured.

Iran said the attack was a warning to terrorists and their backers not to attempt further such attacks on Iran. "Otherwise, you're threatened with the path to hell," according to the Iranian statement.

The medium-range rockets were fired from air force sites in western Iran. Iran claimed that multiple Islamic State members were killed in the attacks and that parts of a weapons depot were destroyed.

There was no official reaction from Syria, which has been backed by Iran as it seeks to force Islamic State forces off of its territory.

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