Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani stated that Iranian rocket strikes on militants in Syria hit a target several kilometers away from the position of US troops, Tasnim news agency reported on Wednesday.
“Our aerospace forces sent you [the Americans] an important signal when they fired rockets at facilities three miles [about 5 km] from you,” said Shamkhani.
He also suggested that the United States answer as to why its “forces were stationed three miles away from the militants of Daesh.*”
In a parallel development, Commander of Iran's Army Major General Abdolrahim Moussavi told reporters that Tehran would make its enemies regret their actions.
"We will strike a more powerful and heavier blow in return to any strike by the other side. We can do the strike any time and anywhere," Fars News Agency cited him as saying.
During a military parade in Ahvaz on September 22, armed militants opened fire at, killing at least 25 and wounding 60. Three of the attackers were killed by Iranian security forces, while the fourth later died of his wounds.
Both the Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement in Ahvaz and Daesh claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, for his part, has blamed the Ahvaz incident on “US-backed regimes in the region,” referring to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
*Daesh, also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS, is a terrorist group banned in Russia and many other countries.