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Iran Says Its Drones Attacked IS Convoy

Photo attributed to an IS convoy in Syria targeted by Iranian drone, undated

Drones belonging to the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) have targeted an Islamic State (IS) convoy, Iranian state TV reported on August 25.

According to the report, the deadly operation took place in Deir ez-Zor near the Iraq-Syria border.

Channel 3 of Iranian TV broadcast a video attributed to the attack. Deir ez-Zor is controlled by pro-Bashar Assad forces.

Meanwhile, Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN) reported that the operation was carried out in conjunction with what they referred to as “the Axis of Resistance,” reportedly a union of a few militia forces, including the two Brigades of Fatemiyun and Zeynabiyun in addition to the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah.

Members of the so-called Fatemiyoun Brigade comprise Afghan recruits while Zeynabiun is made up of Pakistani recruits.

Iran has repeatedly announced that its forces are dispatched to Syria as military attaches. Iran says these forces help the Syrian military in what Tehran dubs as fighting “Takfiri terrorists.”

Anti-Assad forces, including IS, are usually mentioned as Takfiri terrorists by Tehran.

The civil war in Syria has left thousands displaced and dead. Some international entities, including the U.S. government and the European Union, have called upon Iran to stop its military operations in the region including Syria.

Almost six months ago, Tehran officials confirmed 2,100 as the death toll on the Iranian side in Syria and Iraq.

Reports of new losses appear in the Iranian press regularly.