Syria defends Iranian airstrikes against Deir az-Zour, east of Syria

FILE PHOTO: Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem speaks during a news conference in Damascus, Syria April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki/File Photo

Baghdad ( The Syrian Foreign Ministry has praised the Iranian airstrikes carried out against Deir az-Zour province, east of Syria, saying they come within countering terrorism.

In the first Syrian reaction to the Iranian airstrikes, the minister Walid al-Muallem said “the Iranian missiles which targeted Islamic State in al-Bu Kamal region comes within countering terrorism. He described cooperation with Iran as ‘legitimate’ and conforms to the Syrian sovereignty.

He also noted that “the last chapter of the Syrian war includes liberation of Idlib and the northeastern countrysides of Aleppo reaching to Minbaj and east of Euphrates.”

Early on Monday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced targeting terrorist groups in east of Euphrates in Syria using ballistic missiles in revenge against the recent attack on the military parade in Iranian city of Ahvaz. However, Iranian media said the missiles passed over the Iraqi city of Tikrit.

At least 24 people were killed, while over 60 others were wounded in an attack, last month, against a military parade, southwest of Iran.

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