Sunday, September 23, 2018

Meanwhile, in Iran

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned the attack in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, blaming "US-backed regimes in the region" for the "plot", which left at least 29 people dead and 70 others wounded.

Khamenei urged authorities on Saturday "to chase the trails of the criminals", as President Hassan Rouhani vowed a "crushing response" to the deadly attack.


In a separate statement to the Ahwazna website, Habib Jaber, head of the Arab Struggle Movement for Liberation of Ahvaz (ASLMA), said targeting the Revolutionary Guards "in a military parade in Ahvaz by the national resistance comes within self-defence measures against a terror militia classified globally".

Among the fatalities on Saturday were children and spectators at the parade, as well as soldiers and elderly war veterans. The parade was held to commemorate the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War.


Regardless of who carried out the attack, Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council, suggested on social media it was aimed at "trapping Iran" into starting a wider armed conflict that would eventually drag in the US military.


Saeed Jalili, a journalist also based in Tehran, said the assault "does not bode well for the future of diplomacy" between Iran, its neighbours and the United States.

"They are basically moving away from diplomacy and getting involved in escalated tension," he told Al Jazeera.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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