Two suspects arrested for Tehran terror attack

Iran said on Thursday that the five Iranians who killed 17 people in twin attacks in Tehran were Islamic State members who had been to its strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry also identified five extremists who attacked the Parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Wednesday and confirmed that they had fought for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

During a speech that was planned before the attack on June 7, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed the attacks and linked them to Iran's support for the governments of Iraq and Syria in their fights against IS.

That second sentence, suggesting Iran bears responsibility for an attack against its civilians, was not well-received, NPR's Peter Kenyon reports.

Abu Aisha was killed and the network forced to flee the country, the statement said.

The daily also cited comments made in May by Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince, Muhammad bin Salman al-Saud, in which he said that Riyadh would bring the "battle" for regional influence to Iran.

That drew fire from Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who tweeted: "Repugnant WH (White House) Iranians counter terror backed by U.S. clients".

In a video that seems to have been recorded before the attack on Tehran, five masked fighters were also shown threatening Shi'ites in Iran.

In another tweet, Zarif, the foreign minister, referred to the parliament as "the seat of democracy" which was attacked by the proxies of "terror-sponsoring despots".

"We have always been against terrorism", she says.

An operational headquarters of the allied forces of the Syrian government army, which includes the forces of Lebanon's Hezbollah as well as Iran, threatened the US-led coalition with a retaliatory strike following the attacks on Damascus positions.

Summary⎙ Print Iranian authorities linked the Islamic State attackers to a larger cell whose leader was killed by security forces a year ago.

In a breathtaking display of cruel indecency, Trump's team used the attack as an occasion to stick the boot in and blame the victims. "Yesterday and today it was like [the people of the world were saying], 'You Iranian people are not important, '" she laments.

"The border towns and villages and tribes along Iran's East, West and Southern borders are poor and vulnerable to extremism", said Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, an Arabic affairs analyst.

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. "There is no doubt that the [Islamic State] and the Saudis are thirsty for the blood of Iranians, but this should not make us neglect the main mastermind", the daily said.

Even as Washington expressed its condolences on Wednesday, the US Senate advanced legislation that would impose new sanctions on Iran, partly for what the bill described as the Iranian regime's "support for acts of worldwide terrorism". Iran is a majority-Shiite nation, and the Islamic State is a Sunni group that often targets Shiite Muslims. And yet within three months, militants have breached security at the very heart of the nation, killing at least 17 people.

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