TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - On Sunday, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) pounded Daesh headquarters in Syria's Dayr al-Zawr with ballistic missiles fired from western Iran.
The strike was a "display of a corner of Iran's defensive capability and the Islamic Republic's power and firm determination to fight terrorism," Amoli Larijani said on Thursday.
He said he hoped "terrorists and their international and regional sponsors have properly received this clear message that their despicable efforts to destabilize a country which enjoys the highest level of security in the region will be met with serious and crushing responses."
Amoli Larijani warned Takfiri and other terrorist groups not to test Iran 's defensive power, because it would cost them "very dearly".
The remarks came a day after the IRGC said in a statement that the missile attack was conducted in coordination with General Staff of the Armed Forces and with the order of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who is the commander-in-chief of the Iranian armed forces.
The IRGC fired six medium-range missiles at Daesh targets in Dayr al-Zawr, which killed more than 170 Takfiri terrorists, including a number of commanders and senior elements, and inflicted heavy damage on their equipment and systems, it added.
The missile attack was in retaliation for the June 7 terror attacks in Tehran, where gunmen mounted assaults on Iran’s Parliament and the mausoleum of late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini, killing 18 people and injuring over 50 others. Daesh claimed responsibility for the incident.
On Tuesday, Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said the missile strike was just a small part of the Islamic Republic’s reaction to the “indiscriminate” attacks by the terror group on the Iranian soil.
Dehqan said Iran’s defense doctrine is based on the principle of deterrence, adding the country is capable of designing and producing different types of ballistic and cruise missiles featuring high precision and destructive power.