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PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:29 pm    Post subject: 07Jun17 TEHRAN parliament attacked, 12 killed, 42 injured Reply with quote

Tehran attacks: Isis claims responsibility for 'first major attack on Iran'
12 people killed in twin strikes across Iranian capital in unprecedented Sunni militant attack which could have 'massive implications' for the region
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Isis has claimed responsibility for twin attacks at the Iranian parliament and the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran, its first major terror operation on Iranian soil.

State media said that 12 people had died in the violence and 42 more had been injured in the unprecedentedly rare attack on the Iranian capital, which lasted five hours. Iran's Revolutionary Guard has blamed the attack on regional rival Saudi Arabia.

Parliament was in session when four gunmen wielding Kalashnikov rifles stormed the building early on Wednesday, detonating a suicide bomb. Politicians and other staff remained trapped inside, and at least four people were taken hostage, Tasnim news agency said.

A short clip purportedly filmed by the assailants and released by Amaq shows the injured or dead body of a man in business attire lying on the floor of an office as a man with an assault rifle walks past.

The fighters can be heard shouting in Arabic, rather than Farsi, as gunshots ring out and alarms go off in the background. "Oh God, thank you... Do you think we will leave? No! We will remain, God willing," one of them says, parroting a slogan popularised by Isis spokesperson Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, who was killed in Syria last year.

Sporadic gunfire could be heard as security services swarmed around parliament's entrances before the interior ministry declared that the assailants had been killed on Wednesday afternoon.

Iran's deputy interior minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari said security forces had managed to surround the attackers, who originally entered parliament's main gate dressed as women before they opened fire, shooting them dead in a tense stand off.

At least one security guard died in two suicide bombings at the tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of the 1979 Islamic revolution, which was attacked by four more gunmen.

"Some coward terrorists infiltrated one of the buildings of parliament. They were confronted. It was not a major issue. Our security forces have taken necessary steps," parliament speaker Ali Larijani said in an open session broadcast live by state TV.

The intelligence ministry said security forces had arrested another "terrorist team" planning a third attack, but did not give further details.

Isis is at war with Iran-backed forces in Syria and Iraq, and views Shia Islam as heretical. In recent months there has been a marked step up in propaganda targeting majority-Shia Iran on the militant Sunni group's news networks, as well as messaging in Persian aimed at recruiting Iranian Sunnis.

Analyst Charlie Winter said Isis' claim, which appeared on the group's official news wire Amaq, had "massive implications" for the region.

"An attack like this could provoke disproportionate counter-terror response in Iran. Iranian officials will be called upon to step up intervention in Iraq/Syria big time. If this happens, a more intense 'Sunni war against Shia Islam' will poor petrol on [Isis's] ideological fire," the research fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at Kingís College London added.

"This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US president [Donald Trump] and the [Saudi] backward leaders who support terrorists. The fact that [Isis] has claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack," a statement from Iran's religious Revolutionary Guards said. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir, speaking in Berlin, said there is no evidence Saudi extremists were involved.

Tensions are running particularly high in the region following Saudi Arabia and other Sunni powers' decision to cut ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of backing Tehran and militant groups.

The attacks took place less than a month after the re-election of President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate, whose landslide victory defeated candidates supported by the hardline clergy and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), which is responsible for national security.

"The atmosphere is tense. It is a blow to Rouhani. How can four armed men enter the parliament, where a very tight security has always been in place," a senior official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

Dina Esfandiary, a MacArthur fellow at the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King's College London, said that although Iran has a good track record at foiling previous attacks, the incidents in Tehran would be welcomed by Isis' supporters.

ďIt is indeed a boost to Isis morale, especially given that itís the first successful attack in Iran, and it will help distract operatives from the losing effort in Iraq,Ē she said.

Isis has called for for increased attacks on unbelievers during Ramadan, during which it says the rewards for jihad in heaven are multiplied.

Wednesday's events in Tehran mark the fourth major attack worldwide claimed by the group since the holy month began on 27 May.

The car ramming and stabbings in London Bridge, bombing of an ice cream shop in Baghdad and storming of a casino in Manila have all been claimed by Isis, as well as the attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on 22 May.

A further suicide truck bombing in Kabul last week killed at least 90 people, although no claim of responsibility has been made. The Afghan intelligence services believe a wing of the Taliban is to blame.

Isis continues to lose control of territory across Syria and Iraq in the face of US-backed operations to destroy its so-called caliphate.

Experts believe it will increasingly turn towards insurgency and terror tactics around the world to prove its enduring legitimacy.

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ISIS Strikes Again, Attack On Iranís Capitol Kills 12, Dozens Wounded
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called the attacks a cowardly act and proof that Tehran has made an enemy of militant Islamic groups through its actions in Iraq and Syria.
By Aya Batrawy | AP and Amir Vahdat | June 7, 2017
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TEHRAN, Iran ó ISIS claimed responsibility Wednesday for a stunning pair of attacks on Iranís parliament and the mausoleum of its modern founder, the first such attack claimed by the Sunni extremist group in the Shiite-ruled nation.

The lethal assaults, which killed at least 12 people and shocked the country, brought Iranís wars in Iraq and Syria to its capital at a time when emboldened Sunni Arab states ó led by Saudi Arabia and backed by U.S. President Donald Trump ó harden their position on its Shiite leadership.

The attacks drew condemnations and condolences from the governments of Pakistan and from Iranís close allies in the Russian and Syrian governments.

The attacks began midmorning when assailants, armed with Kalashnikov rifles and explosives, stormed the parliament building. One of the attackers later blew himself up inside, where a session had been in progress, according to Iranís state TV.

It was an hours-long siege at the legislature that ended with four attackers dead. In images circulating in Iranian media, gunmen were seen holding rifles near the windows of parliament. Another image, carried in the semi-official Fars news agency, showed a toddler being handed off through a first-floor window to safety outside as an armed man looks on.

The IS groupís Aamaq news agency released a 24-second video purportedly shot inside the parliament building during the siege. The video, circulated online, shows a bloody, lifeless body of a man lying on the ground next to a desk.

A voice on the video praises God and says in Arabic: ďDo you think we will leave? We will remain, God willing.Ē Another voice repeats the same words. The two appeared to be parroting a slogan used by IS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, who was killed in Syria last year.

As the parliament siege was unfolding, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the shrine of Iranís revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, which is located just outside Tehran. Khomeini, who died in 1989, is a towering figure in Iran who led the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the Western-backed shah and became its first supreme leader.

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani called the attacks a cowardly act and proof that Tehran has made an enemy of militant Islamic groups through its policies and actions in Iraq and Syria.

ďIran is an active and effective pillar in the fight against terrorists and they want to damage it,Ē he said.

The two attacks, which wounded dozens of people, are likely to deepen enmity and the regional battle for power between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Already, tensions are high following a cut in ties this week between four Arab countries and Qatar over accusations it supports terrorist groups and is aligning itself too closely with Iran.

Both Saudi Arabia and Iran accuse one another of policies that support extremists in the region. Saudi Arabia has long pointed to the absence of IS attacks on Iran as suggestion of Tehranís culpability. Iran, on the other hand, has pointed to Saudi Arabiaís support for jihad throughout different times in history and its backing of hard-line Sunni rebels groups in Syria.

Saudi Arabia has itself been a target of numerous lethal attacks by IS affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula, who see the kingdomís Western-allied leadership as heretics. The group has also targeted Shiites in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The groupís militants are directly at war with Iranian-backed forces in Syria and Iraq, and view Shiites as apostates.

Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari told Iranís state TV the apparently male attackers wore womenís attire. The semi-official Tasnim news agency later reported the siege had ended with four of the attackers killed.

Mizan Online, an Iranian state-run news website, said 12 people were killed and 42 wounded in the two attacks. It quoted Pirhossein Kolivand, the head of Iranís emergency department.

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Iran says 7 arrested in connection with Tehran attack
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Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attack on parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini

Iranians mourn the deaths of those killed in twin suicide attack on Tehran (AFP)
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Iranian officials have arrested seven people suspected of helping militants involved in this week's attacks in the capital Tehran, a judiciary official said on Saturday.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, that killed 17 people on Wednesday.

If the IS claim is true, the bomb and gun attack would be the group's first successful attack in Iran, which is predominantly Shiite Muslim and regarded by Sunni militants as a nation of heretics. Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria are helping battle the Islamic State.

Ahmad Fazelian, a provincial judiciary official, said the seven arrested people, suspected of "providing support for the terrorist team," were detained in Fardis, about 50km west of Tehran, the judiciary's online news agency Mizan reported.

On Friday, authorities announced the arrests of 41 suspects in connection with the twin Tehran attacks.

Separately, the head of the judiciary in Fars province said seven people were detained in the southern Larestan area for possible ties to Islamic State, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

Iran had denounced US President Donald Trump's reaction to the attacks in Tehran as "repugnant" after he claimed that Iran was reaping what it sows.

Supreme Leaer Ayatollah Khameini in a condolence message on Friday had also accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of supporting the twin suicide that rocked the capital this week.

Trump said the US would "grieve and pray" for the victims, but he added: "We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote."

That was condemned by the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who tweeted: "Repugnant WH [White House] statement ... as Iranians counter-terror backed by US clients."

Iran's intelligence ministry said the five men who carried out the attacks were Iranians who joined IS in Iraq and Syria before returning last summer.

The men were part of a network that entered Iran in July-August 2016 under the leadership of "high-ranking Daesh [Islamic State] commander" Abu Aisha and "intended to carry out terrorist operations in religious cities," a statement said.

Abu Aisha was killed and the network forced to flee the country, the statement added. It was not clear when the five men returned to Iran.

The statement indicates only five people carried out the attacks, rather than six as originally reported.

The attackers were armed with rifles and pistols, and at least two blew themselves up with suicide vests.

Police said five people were arrested around Khomeini's shrine on suspicion of involvement, while the intelligence ministry said a third team had been stopped before the attacks started.

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".

IS militants regard Shia Muslims as apostates have made Tehran a target after its deep involvement in fighting the group in both Syria and Iraq.


Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attack on parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini

Iranians have arrested seven people suspected of helping militants involved in this week's attacks in the capital Tehran, a judiciary official said on Saturday.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, that killed 17 people on Wednesday.

If the IS claim is true, the bomb and gun attack would be the group's first successful attack in Iran, which is predominantly Shiite Muslim and regarded by Sunni militants as a nation of heretics. Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria are helping battle the Islamic State.

Ahmad Fazelian, a provincial judiciary official, said the seven arrested people, suspected of "providing support for the terrorist team," were detained in Fardis, about 50km west of Tehran, the judiciary's online news agency Mizan reported.

On Friday, authorities announced the arrests of 41 suspects in connection with the twin Tehran attacks.

Separately, the head of the judiciary in Fars province said seven people were detained in the southern Larestan area for possible ties to Islamic State, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Saturday.

Iran had denounced US President Donald Trump's reaction to the attacks in Tehran as "repugnant" after he claimed that Iran was reaping what it sows.

Supreme Leaer Ayatollah Khameini in a condolence message on Friday had also accused the United States and Saudi Arabia of supporting the twin suicide that rocked the capital this week.

Trump said the US would "grieve and pray" for the victims, but he added: "We underscore that states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote."

That was condemned by the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who tweeted: "Repugnant WH [White House] statement ... as Iranians counter-terror backed by US clients."

Iran's intelligence ministry said the five men who carried out the attacks were Iranians who joined IS in Iraq and Syria before returning last summer.

The men were part of a network that entered Iran in July-August 2016 under the leadership of "high-ranking Daesh [Islamic State] commander" Abu Aisha and "intended to carry out terrorist operations in religious cities," a statement said.

Abu Aisha was killed and the network forced to flee the country, the statement added. It was not clear when the five men returned to Iran.

The statement indicates only five people carried out the attacks, rather than six as originally reported.

The attackers were armed with rifles and pistols, and at least two blew themselves up with suicide vests.

Police said five people were arrested around Khomeini's shrine on suspicion of involvement, while the intelligence ministry said a third team had been stopped before the attacks started.

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".

IS militants regard Shia Muslims as apostates have made Tehran a target after its deep involvement in fighting the group in both Syria and Iraq.

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Iran: Mastermind behind Tehran attacks killed
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Iranís intelligence minister says the mastermind behind Tehran attacks was killed today. (AFP)
ReutersSaturday, 10 June 2017
Iranís intelligence minister said the mastermind behind Wednesdayís attacks in Tehran, which killed 17 people, had himself been killed on Saturday by security forces.

ďThe mastermind and main commander of terrorist attacks on the parliament and Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini was killed today by the security forces,Ē Mahmoud Alavi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

ISIS had claimed responsibility for the attack, by suicide bombers and gunmen.

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Iran blames the June 7 Tehran terrorist attack, that killed 17 people, on Saudi Arabia†
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13 JUNE 2017
Iran's Zarif says Tehran has intelligence that Riyadh supports terrorist groups operating on the eastern side of Iran.

Iran blames the June 7 Tehran attack that killed 17 people on Saudi Arabia [Reuters]
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorist groups inside Iran, days after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed attacks in Tehran.

"We have intelligence that Saudi Arabia is actively engaged in promoting terrorist groups operating on the eastern side of Iran in Baluchestan," Zarif said on Tuesday at a news conference on the sidelines of an annual peace mediation in Oslo.

He said the armed groups were "using the territory of one of our neighbours against its will to launch attacks against Iran which only two months ago led to the murder of nine Iranian border guards," refering to Pakistan.

"On the Western side the same type of activity is being undertaken, again by using the diplomatic hospitality of other neighbours," Zarif said.

Call for a regional forum
Zarif also called for establishment of a regional forum to resolve differences, which has become more necessary after tensions between Qatar and the Saudi-led group of countries that took actian against Doha.

Iran and Saudi Arabia has been accusing each other of subverting regional security and support opposite sides in conflicts including those in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

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Relations between the two neighbours are at their most tense in years. Last week Riyadh, along with other Arab governments, severed ties with Qatar, citing its support for Iran as one of the main reasons for the move.

Iran also accuses the United States for promoting armed in the region.

Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia have escalated further as Iran's Revolutionary Guards blamed the deadly June 7 attack in Tehran, which killed 17 people and wounded 52 others, on Saudi Arabia.

ISIL claimed responsibility for the twin attacks that killed 17 people and wounded dozens.

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