Leader: Further Hate for US, Saudi Gov'ts Net Result of Tehran Attacks
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 21:22
Middle East analyst Dina Esfandiary says one possible outcome will be increased calls by hardliners for tougher action against IS in Iraq and Syria.
A stand-off with four gunmen who had shot their way into the parliament building in the heart of Tehran and took hostages ended after several hours with all the attackers dead.
The White House released a statement from Trump condemning the terrorist attacks in Tehran and offering condolences, but also implying that Iran is itself a sponsor of terrorism.
Deputy interior minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari told Iran's state TV the apparently male attackers wore women's attire.
The parliament attackers were in their early 20s and spoke Arabic, according to a Revolutionary Guards intelligence official.
Iranian police say they have arrested several suspects in their investigation into the attacks on parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who led the 1979 revolution against the USA -backed shah and is considered the founder of the Islamic republic.
A statement, as reported by Financial Times, from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) linked the attacks to U.S. President Donald Trump's visit last month to Saudi Arabia where he spoke of isolating Iran for fueling "the fires of sectarian conflict and terror".
However, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has downplayed the attack's significance, saying terrorists "fumbling with firecrackers" would not "affect the will of our nation".
At least 12 people died and dozens more were injured when terrorists stormed the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of its modern founder yesterday.
The group has claimed the attack on Iran's parliament and another on the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday, which killed at least two and wounded more than 30 people. The attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group, which Syria routinely claims, without evidence, is backed by Western and other powers that want to remove President Bashar Assad from power.
Although the United States military is also fighting IS in Syria, as well as Iraq, President Donald Trump said in response to the attacks in Iran that the country is reaping what it sows.
But on Friday, he turned his wrath over the attacks on the United States and Saudi Arabia, Iran's fiercest rivals. The group has also targeted Shiites in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks or if they were coordinated. Two of them was captured and one of the attackers blew himself up inside the building.
On Thursday, Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said investigators were working to determine whether Saudi Arabia had a role Wednesday's attacks but said it was too soon to say if that was the case.