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Twin attacks on Iran parliament, Khomeini shrine, 1 dead

A man hands a child to a security guard from Iran’s parliament building after an assault of several attackers in Tehran Iran Wednesday Twin attacks on Iran parliament, Khomeini shrine, 1 dead
Parmenio Sano | 08 Giugno, 2017, 12:39

Jihadist groups have clashed frequently with security forces along Iran's borders with Iraq and Afghanistan, but the country has largely escaped attacks within its urban centres.

Gunmen and suicide bombers stormed Iran's parliament and the mausoleum of its revolutionary leader Wednesday, killing 12 people in the first attacks in the country claimed by the Islamic State group.

Authorities said they've detained five suspects related to the dual attacks.

Gunmen have reportedly opened fire inside Iran's parliament building and at the Khomeini Shrine in Tehran. The well-coordinated duo of attacks on the symbolic targets of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's mausoleum and the Iranian parliament will give the group just that.

Trump added his broadside against Iran, which the USA has designated as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984. "She offered honest condolences on loss of innocent lives and expressed solidarity with the people and the government of Iran", read an official statement.

US President Donald Trump said he was praying for the victims but added that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote".

A potentially greater issue for the USA than more fiery rhetoric between Tehran and Riyadh, however, is if Iran decides to pursue a greater role intervening in Iraq and Syria in response to the attacks.

An armed man stands in a window of the parliament building in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

We observed that a calmer voice of reason had existed in Congress back in 2012, when former Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) vehemently opposed a bill to impose sanctions on Iran.


Republicans and some Democrats went ahead with the previously scheduled vote.

State TV later said four attackers are involved in the parliament attack, and that eight people were wounded. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., also pushed for a delay, but Republicans and Democrats pressed ahead.

Tensions have been running high across the Middle East, where Iran and Saudi Arabia have long vied for prominence and influence, including in Yemen where the rivals have been locked into a proxy war. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said.

Iran is less than a month past the landslide re-election of President Hassan Rouhani, which gave a major boost to the country's reformists.

Paul said in a speech: "What we continue to be doing is obsess with Iran and the idea that Iran is a threat to our national security".

In exchange for Iran rolling back its nuclear program, the US and other world powers agreed to suspend wide-ranging oil, trade and financial sanctions that had choked the Iranian economy. Both designations referred to cooperation between Iran and al-Qaeda in accord with an "agreement between al-Qa'ida and the Iranian government".

Israel and congressional Republicans have long assailed the agreement as a windfall to Iran. It comes days after Riyadh and other Sunni Muslim powers cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing Tehran and militant groups. More detail will be added shortly.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani celebrates the completion of an interim deal on Iran's nuclear program on November 24, 2013, by kissing the head of the daughter of an assassinated Iranian nuclear engineer.

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