Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Who Was Behind Deadly Attack In Iran?

Who Was Behind Deadly Attack In Iran?

On September 23, Iran's Foreign Ministry summoned the charge d'affaires of the United Arab Emirates, a close Saudi ally, over "irresponsible and disdainful" comments made by a government adviser who reportedly said that attacking a military target can not be considered a terrorist attack.

Mobile phone footage published by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency showed members of Iran's IRGC and army forces in dress uniform scrambling to the ground while gunfire erupted around them.

Al-Ahvazieh, an Iranian Arab-affiliated group, has claimed responsibility for the terror attack, saying it is fighting for the rights of the Iranian Arabs in Khuzestan.

Shortly after the attack, which began half an hour after the parade started at 8.30am local time (6am in the UK), foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif blamed the attack on "regional terror sponsors" and their "US masters".

Pointing to the media war against Iran claiming that Iran trains and funds terrorists, Shekarchi said today's terrorist attack and the brutal massacure of innocent people, children, disabled war veterans and soldiers prove that the Islamic Republic of Iran itself is the victim of terrorism.

Ahvaz is the capital of Khuzestan province, an oil-rich region where Arab separatists have been known to attack oil pipelines in the past.

ISNA said an unnamed spokesman for the elite Revolutionary Guards security force blamed Arab nationalists backed by Saudi Arabia for the attack.

The incident happened Saturday, in the country's southern region, bordering Iraq.

Iran summoned diplomats from Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands early Sunday for allegedly harboring "members of the terrorist group" that launched the attack.

"The attack will strengthen the IRGC's position inside Iran and in the region", Tehran-based political analyst Hamid Farahvashian said.

The attack took place in Ahvaz, with the assailants apparently targeting Revolutionary Guardsmen.

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There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The Guard responded to the attack on Sunday, warning it would seek "deadly and unforgiving revenge in the near future".

"All four terrorists were quickly neutralised by security forces", Shekarchi told state television.

Echoing Zarif's comments, an Iranian army spokesman also fingered Israel and the United States, without citing any support for his accusations.

"It is absolutely clear to us who has done this, which group it is and to whom they are affiliated", Rouhani said on state television on Sunday, shortly before leaving Tehran for the UN General Assembly in NY.

Hardliners like the IRGC have gained standing at the expense of pragmatists in Iran's multi-tiered leadership since president Donald Trump decided in May to pull the United States out of the 2015 global nuclear deal with Tehran and reimpose sanctions in moves to isolate the Islamic Republic.

Some officials and the official government news agency IRNA confirmed the claim by the Ahvaz National Resistance umbrella group, which was created in 2005.

President Hassan Rouhani ordered Iran's Intelligence Ministry to immediately investigate the attack.

Syria is a major ally of Iran, benefiting from generous military and financial aid from Tehran to fight the seven-year-old armed rebellion against the Syrian government.

Despite the Trump administration's touchy relations with Iran, the USA government strongly deplored the attack, saying that "the United States condemns all acts of terrorism and the loss of any innocent lives".

The United States reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran last month, and another round of even harsher sanctions targeting Iran's vital oil sector is set to go back into effect on November 5. In June 2017, coordinated assaults claimed by Islamic State on the country's parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini killed 17 people.

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