By Steve Dellar   |  09-22-2018   News
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Several terrorist gunmen took aim at a military parade in Iran this morning, killing at least 24 people and injuring over 50. According to Iranian state media, the attackers were able to kill so many as they were themselves wearing military uniforms and it took some time for the security forces to figure out where the gunfire was coming from.

A regional anti-government Arab group, Ahvaz National Resistance, has claimed the attack while media in Iraq at first thought ISIS was behind it. The attack happened in in the city of Ahvaz, not far from the Iraqi border.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WATCH: Video reportedly shows the moment of attack by unknown gunman during military parade in <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Iran</a>’s <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ahwaz</a> city. Full story: <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) <a href="">September 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Mr Javad Zarif, the Iranian Foreign Minister, stated that: “Terrorists recruited, trained, armed & paid by a foreign regime have attacked Ahvaz. Children and journalists among casualties. Iran holds regional terror sponsors and their US masters accountable for such attacks. Iran will respond swiftly and decisively in defense of Iranian lives.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">⚠️�� GRAPHIC: Injured Iran-Iraq war veteran killed on his wheelchair in today&#39;s terrorist attack during military parade in <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ahvaz</a>, <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Iran</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Sobhan Hassanvand (@Hassanvand) <a href="">September 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Iran’s news agency Irna claimed that: "there are a number of non-military victims, including women and children who had come to watch the parade."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Terrorists, after opening fire at <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IRGC</a> military parade in <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Ahvaz</a>, southwest of <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Iran</a>, have escaped. Security forces are after the terrorists. State TV reported that the gunmen are &quot;Takfiri terrorists&quot;. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Abas Aslani (@AbasAslani) <a href="">September 22, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Some eight members of Iran’s elite revolutionary guard are said to be among those killed.

There have been mass protests in Iran all year round as the currency lost half it's value against the dollar after the US pulled out of the so-called Iran nuclear deal. Furthermore, the country has been hit by rising inflation and mass unemployment.

An Iranian military spokesman repeated Mr Zarif’s accusation on state media that the terrorists were not from the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) but "were trained and organised by two Gulf countries" and had clear ties to both the US and Israel. The US State Department has not yet reacted to the accusations that it was involved in the operation.


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Larry No. 37715 1537617954

The bird comes home to roost.

nick No. 37745 1537641678

remember in the past iran gave our enemy's shape charge IED to kill US troops with. Payback is a bitch We don't forget.

Anonymous No. 37750 1537644390

The USA has been supporting the MEK for decades (Mujahaddein-e-Kalq). It is an islamist/marxist terrorist group with aims of overthrowing iran. Its spiritual leader is cult-like. The USA explains its support away by claiming they are an "oppressed minority"

Anonymous No. 37760 1537645964

It’s habbening!

Anonymous No. 37849 1537757856

Iran. USA is Coming for you.

Anonymous No. 37720 1537761097
Pray for them :(
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