Iranian President Blames U.S. After Deadly Military Parade Attack

Frederick Owens
September 23, 2018

"Their crime is the continuation of plots [hatched] by the US-led governments in the region who aim to create insecurity in our dear country", the Leader stated.

"Their crime is a continuation of the conspiracies by the USA -backed regimes in the region which have aimed at creating insecurity in our dear country", Khamenei said in a statement.

Rouhani could have been referring to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates or Bahrain, all of which are close USA military allies.

Various Iranian officials claimed Israel was responsible for a deadly attack on a military parade in Iran on Saturday.

The attack left at least eight members of the country's elite Revolutionary Guard dead and 20 others wounded, local media reported.

Neither group has provided evidence for those claims as of yet.

Three of the attackers were gunned down during clashes with the security forces and one other was arrested, news agencies reported.

The British charge d'affaires "was told that it is not acceptable that the spokesman for the mercenary Al-Ahwazi group be allowed to claim responsiblity for this terrorist act through a London-based TV network", said the ministry's spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif immediately blamed the attack on regional countries and their "US masters", further raising regional tensions as Teheran's nuclear deal with world powers is in jeopardy after President Donald Trump withdrew America from the accord.

Iran has blamed its Mideast archrival, the Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia, of funding Arab separatists' activity. If it was IS, it would represent a failure by Iran's intelligence community to prevent a second major IS attack in its soil.

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, top center, reviews army troops marching during the 38th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of the late revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, outside Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.

Mr Rouhani said the "bully" U.S. and the Gulf states it backed had enabled the attack.

In a statement, the foreign office said that Pakistan is against terrorism and stands with the families of victims in this time of grief. The Trump administration has said it is seeking to pressure Iran over its nuclear program and military interventions throughout the Middle East.

Early reports Saturday described the assailants as "Takifiri gunmen", a term previously used to describe the Islamic State group.

IS jihadists said via their propaganda mouthpiece Amaq that "Islamic State fighters attacked a gathering of Iranian forces" in Ahvaz.

Those dignitaries were not harmed in the attack, it said.

The attack came as rows of Revolutionary Guardsmen marched down Ahvaz's Quds, or Jerusalem, Boulevard.

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 re-impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

The attack took place in the capital of the Khuzestan province, which borders Iraq and is home to a large Sunni population and some of the country's largest oil fields.

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