It appears we’re back to “can’t both of them lose?” (ISIS attacks in tehran)
This morning, the Iranian parliament and the shrine at the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini were attacked. (ISIS attacks in tehran)
The news is still jumbled, but it appears so far that these were simultaneous attacks. Firstpost is liveblogging the situation and reports a third attack on a metro station: (ISIS attacks in tehran)
Two attackers are dead, one was captured alive. (ISIS attacks in tehran)
The exploding Daeshi at the ayatollah’s shrine was a woman. (ISIS attacks in tehran)
And (per Reuters) the Iranian Revolutionary Guards are blaming Saudi Arabia.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards say Saudi Arabia was behind twin attacks in Tehran on Wednesday that killed at least 12 people and injured 43, a statement published by the Guards said.
“This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the U.S. president (Donald Trump) and the (Saudi) backward leaders who support terrorists. The fact that Islamic State has claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack,” said the statement, published by Iranian media.
The attacks were the first claimed by the hardline Sunni Muslim militant group in the tightly controlled Shi’ite Muslim Iran.
Okay, so what can we make of this?(ISIS attacks in tehran)
As I said, my first thought is “can’t they both lose?” The Iranian government is complaining about terrorism on their soil, and my reaction to that is “turnabout is fair play.” The many dead in Hezbollah terrorist attacks, including nearly 300 in Lebanon in 1983, are getting at least a little revenge.
But now, let’s seriously talk about this. Daesh is a Salafist Sunni group, and of course, Iran is Shi’a, so from one point of view, this is just another operation in the millennium-long fight between the Sunni and Shi’a branches of Islam. While more immediate politics are probably, well, more immediate, I don’t think we can forget that this is at heart a multi-generation sectarian war.
Immediately, it comes a week after President Trump and 50-odd leaders of Sunni nations, including Saudi Arabia of course, met and agreed to fight extremism and Iran’s support of terrorism.