TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranâ€™s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched six ballistic missiles early Monday toward eastern Syria, targeting militants it blamed for an attack on a military parade in Iran last month while also threatening regional adversaries as Tehranâ€™s nuclear deal with world powers unravels.
The launch saw the Guard fire missiles with enough range to strike regional U.S. military bases and targets inside both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Iranâ€™s supreme leader has called out those two nations by name, accusing them of being behind the Sept. 22 attack on the parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, something denied by both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi.
The strike on Monday marked the second-such attack by Iran in a monthâ€™s time and highlighted the greater tension felt across the Mideast as U.S. sanctions targeting Tehranâ€™s oil industry will take effect in early November.
Iranian TV identified the area from where the missiles were launched as in Iranâ€™s western province of Kermanshah. It also aired a graphic, suggesting the missiles flew over central Iraq near the city of Tikrit before landing near the city of Boukamal in the far southeast of Syria.
Boukamal is held by forces loyal to Syriaâ€™s embattled President Bashar Assad. However, the city has been targeted even now by IS militants who have lost almost all the territory they once held in both Syria and Iraq.
Strong explosions shook the area in the early hours of Monday, reverberating east of the Euphrates River, he said. The area of Hajin and IS militants there have been under attack for weeks by U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters.
This is the third time in about a year that Iran has fired its ballistic missiles in anger.