On September 23, the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) vowed to take “a deadly and unforgettable revenge” against terrorists behind the brutal attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.
“With the grace of God and endeavors of intelligence and security institutions of the country as well as the existing superiority over the strongholds of leaders of the criminal and evil terrorists, a deadly and unforgettable revenge will be taken on them in the near future with the help of God, the Almighty,” the IRGC said in an official statement, according to the Iranian news agency Tansim.
The attack, which occurred a day earlier, killed at least 25 people and injured 50 others. According to Iranian Armed Forces spokesman, Brig. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarchi, the terrorists responsible for the attack are linked to the U.S. and Israel and had been trained by two countries of the Persian Gulf.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack on September 22 and released a video confirming this claim on September 23.
Last year, the IRGC responded to a similar terrorist attack on the Iranian parliament by launching six mid-range ballistic missiles at positions of ISIS near the eastern Syrian city of al-Mayadin. 170 elements of the terrorist group were reportedly killed in the operation, which was codenamed “Laylat al-Qadr.”
The IRCG carried out another missile strike on headquarters of two Iranian Kurdish armed groups in northwestern Iraq two weeks ago. The strike was also a respond to a terrorist attack that resulted in the death of several personnel of the Iranian Border Guard.
The response to the attack in Ahvaz will likely have a similar scale. However, the IRGC may use unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs), such as Shahed-129 and Muhajir-6, this time because Ahvaz terrorists don’t have any major stronghold in the region.