Tehran (GPA) – Terrorists in Iran launched an attack on a parade on Saturday killing 25 — including a four-year-old girl. Unsurprisingly, the group claiming responsibility for the massacre has links to foreign entities in Saudi Arabia and their allies.
Also on Saturday, Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, spoke at an “Iran Uprising Summit” in New York City’s Time Square supporting efforts to overthrow Iran’s revolutionary government. The summit included supporters of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and other groups that share Washington’s goal of overthrowing Tehran.
“The people of Iran obviously have now had enough,” Giuliani said on Saturday. “The sanctions are working. The currency is going to nothing … these are the kinds of conditions that lead to successful revolution.”
Giuliani spoke to members of the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK, a group Washington only recently removed from their foreign terrorist list — likely in efforts to plot so-called “regime change” in Tehran in broad daylight rather than behind closed doors. John Bolton, Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, has strong links to the MEK, which has killed over 17,000 civilians terror attacks over the group’s tenure.
The MEK along with similar takfiri groups and their political fronts frequently meet for anti-Iran conferences with high-ranking US and Western diplomats and officials in places like Paris and New York.
Foreign-based Group Claims Responsibility for the Attack
A group known as al-Ahvaziya claimed responsibility for the attack on a military parade in Khuzestan Province which killed at least 25 and injured roughly 60 others. Four terrorists opened fire on crowds. Iranian security forces killed three of the attackers but managed to apprehend one.
Based in London, al-Ahvaziya also has branches in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. The group held their annual conference in Cairo, Egypt last year. Masquerading as a national liberation movement, al-Ahvaziya aims to destroy Iran’s territorial integrity by advocating the secession of Khuzestan Province from the rest of Iran.
Ironically enough, Khuzestan Province contains one of the richest oil fields in the world — producing 750,000 barrels per day with an estimated 65.5 billion in reserves. This falls in line with Washington’s general goal of sanctions to cripple Iran’s economy and foment discontent as well as their broader regional goals of death by Balkanization through splitting up sovereign nations like Syria and Iran to exploit natural resources and acquire capital.
Since 1999, al-Ahvaziya has frequently targeted oil reserves, pipelines, and civilians with bombs. One of their most deadly attacks prior to Saturday’s took place in 2006 when they detonated a bomb in an office building killing 11 and wounding 87.
Al-Ahvaziya has a safe haven in Denmark where the group’s leader provided an interview nearly immediately following the attack.
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Silence and Snark from World Leaders
The world remained relatively silent following the terror attack in Iran on Saturday.
US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, advised Tehran to “look in the mirror.” Washington claims Iran is the world’s biggest sponsor of terror despite the fact that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and their affiliated groups being the most successful ground force for eliminating terror groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.
Iran’s UAE envoy, Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, justified the terror attack on Twitter claiming more attacks would soon follow. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned Abdulla’s remarks as “irresponsible and thoughtless” and demanded Abu Dhabi be held accountable.
On the other end of the spectrum, Russian president, Vladimir Putin, phoned his Iranian counterpart, Hasan Rouhani shortly following the attack to express support. Putin offered condolences and support for further cooperation to combat terrorism.
Iranian president, Hasan Rouhani, offered sympathy to the families of those killed during the attack. Rouhani, along with Tehran’s Top General, IRGC, and Intelligence Minister, all pledged a swift and strong response to those who carried out the attack along with their sponsors.
The CIA launched a coup against the democratically elected government in Tehran 1953. In 1979, Iranians overthrew the CIA-backed regime in a popular revolution which Washington has remained hell-bent on destroying for the past 40 years.
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