Imam Khamenei condoles families of terrorist attacks victims

Alvin Kelly
June 10, 2017

The Leader said the terrorist attacks are "clear examples of the vicious hostility of the mercenaries" of arrogant countries against the decent Iranian people and Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic.

They have also undermined Tehran's belief that by backing offensives against Islamic State across the Middle East, it can keep the militant Sunni group away from Iran.

People in the crowds, some crying, chanted "Death to Saudi Arabia" alongside the more customary "Death to America" and slogans against Israel, as they reached out to touch coffins wrapped in flags and covered in flowers.

Iran's state TV is reporting that the country's authorities have arrested seven suspects for supporting the Islamic State-claimed dual attacks that killed 17 people in Tehran.

Khamenei said the attacks "will not damage the Iranian nation's determination and the obvious result is nothing except an increase in hate for the governments of the United States and their stooges in the region like Saudi [Arabia]".

The intelligence ministry said Friday 41 suspects were arrested in Tehran, in the northwestern provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan, and in West Azerbaijan, near the borders with Iraq and Turkey.

The raids were the first claimed by Islamic State inside tightly controlled Iran, one of the powers leading the fight against the militants in Iraq and Syria. But some young Sunnis seem to regard policies of Shi'ite-led Iran as oppressive at home or aggressive overseas, such as in Iraq and Syria, pushing more of them into the arms of jihadist groups. "We havent seen the evidence", he said, reiterating Riyadh's position that Iran is the primary sponsor of terrorism around the world.

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As Iran grappled with a rising death toll following the IS-affiliated terrorist attacks on its own soil, both its political class and citizenry have to deal with more than just a lack of sympathy from the American legislature. "[.] The fact ISIS claimed responsibility proves that they [Saudi Arabia] were involved in the brutal attack".

President Hassan Rouhani said "terrorism is a global problem, and unity to fight extremism, violence and terrorism with regional and worldwide cooperation is the most important need of today's world".

Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards Corps blamed the assault on regional rival Saudi Arabia and has threatened revenge.

A police officer stands guard as vehicles drive in front of Iran's parliament building in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, May 8, 2017.

"We grieve and pray for the innocent victims of the terrorist attacks in Iran, and for the Iranian people, who are going through such challenging times", Trump said.

Even as Washington expressed its condolences on Wednesday, the US Senate advanced legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran, partly for what the bill described as the regime's "support for acts of worldwide terrorism".

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