“Since the terrorist attacks in Tehran, more than 50 supporters and elements linked to terror groups have been arrested in Kermanshah province,” provincial prosecutor Nemat Sadeqi told the state news agency IRNA.
The announcement came two days after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Iran following a fence-mending trip to its bitter rival Saudi Arabia amid diplomatic turmoil in the Gulf.
A defense official also said that it was an act of self-defense as the drone was armed and within a range of striking USled coalition troops.
Pakistan- Iran border tensions have spooked since Pakistan accused Iranian forces of violating its territorial integrity and has lodged protest several times.
The shooting down of a Syrian warplane by the United States Army has forced Russia and Iran to draw new ‘red lines’ for the NATO forces in Syria.
The launch, which hit Syria’s eastern city of Deir el-Zour on Sunday night, appeared to be Iran’s first missile attack abroad in over 15 years and its first in the Syrian conflict amid its support of embattled President Bashar Assad
The missiles were fired from western Iran across the border into Deir Ezzor province, in northeastern Syria, targeting what the Guard called “terror bases”.
“You (the United States) and your agents are the source of instability in the Middle East … who created Islamic State? America … America’s claim of fighting against Islamic state is a lie,” Khamenei said in a meeting with high-ranking Iranian officials.
In recent years, Iran’s Navy has increased its presence in the international waters, conducting patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 as part of international anti-piracy efforts, thus safeguarding merchant containers and oil tankers owned by Iran or other countries.
“We will continue deliveries as long as there is demand” from Qatar, Noushabadi added, without mentioning if these deliveries were exports or aid.
IS has threatened to step up recruitment within Iran, releasing its first Persian-language video in March in which it threatened to “conquer Iran and restore it to the Sunni Muslim nation as it was before.”
In a separate statement, the UN Security Council, which called the attacks “barbaric” and “cowardly”, stressed the need to take measures to prevent and suppress the financing of terrorism, terror organisations and individual terrorists.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted: “Terror-sponsoring despots threaten to bring the fight to our homeland. Proxies attack what their masters despise most: the seat of democracy.”
Every year on the anniversary of the Ayatollah’s death on June 4, thousands of mourners visit the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini.
Iran Parliament and shrine attack live updates: The attackers, armed with assault rifles, killed a security guard at the Parliament. One of the attackers was killed at the shrine and another blew himself up.