Iran supreme leader: Attacks fuel hatred toward US, Saudis

by Abel Hampton June 13, 2017, 2:26
Iran supreme leader: Attacks fuel hatred toward US, Saudis

Sunni Saudi Arabia denied any involvement in the Tehran attacks, but the assault further fuels tensions between Riyadh and Tehran as they vie for control of the Gulf and influence in the wider Islamic world.

Other Iranian leaders sought to play down the attacks, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei saying: "These firecrackers that happened today will not have the slightest effect on the will of the people". But no proof or specifics were offered.

The text of the statement reads: "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".

"We are focused on intelligence"-gathering, he said".

The State Department too issued a statement: "The United States condemns the terrorist attacks in Tehran today".

Egypt's Foreign Ministry offered its condolences to the families of the deceased on Thursday and called on the global community to intensify its efforts to fight terrorism and its sources of funding.

The Iran's Revolutionary Guards has blamed Saudi Arabia for Wednesday's two deadly terror attacks on its parliament and on the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini. The rift was over comments allegedly made by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Al Hamad Al Thani hailing Iran as an "Islamic power" and criticizing Trump's policy toward Tehran.

Iran initially said a dozen victims died; it's unclear whether the toll announced Thursday includes the five attackers.

Islamic State claimed have responsibility for Wednesday's attack and threatened more against Iran's majority Shi'ite population, seen by the hardline Sunni militants as heretics.

Five of the arrested terrorists earlier left Iran and conducted terrorist activity in Raqqa and Mosul.

The Intelligence Ministry said its forces stormed several "safe houses" linked to the group in the country's northwest, according to state television.

Rouhani affirmed his support for Assad's government and promised to carry out the fight against "terrorists and their supporters", according to a report on Syrian state media.

The linkage to Saudi Arabia, Iran's arch regional foe, was not the first.

The U.S. long has considered Iran to be a sponsor of terrorism outside its borders. We heard the attackers saying "Hold on" (in English) and continuing: "Thank the God..."

Police officers stand outside Iran's parliament building in Tehran, following the attack on June 7. State TV broadcast the ceremony live.

Larijani also criticized a Wednesday decision by the U.S. Senate to move forward on a new set of sanctions against Iran, including its elite Revolutionary Guards, a move that came on the same day as the Tehran attacks.

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