Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Thousands mourn Tehran attack victims, chant 'Death to Saudi'

Pledges of solidarity competing against vows to "eliminate" the culprits.

Four gunmen, apparently dressed as women, stormed the main gate of the Parliament building in central Tehran and opened fire, reports CNN.

Many officials, as well as the country's pro-reform and moderate press, are calling for unity in the aftermath of the attacks.

The attack on Tehran was the worst in many years, and the first successful terror attack by Islamic State on Iran, if the group's claims are true. In 2015, during a meeting at the Washington office of the Council on Foreign Relations, former Saudi General Anwar Eshki and former Israeli ambassador Dore Gold spoke of their respective countries' shared desire to target Iran. After several hours and exchanges of gunfire, they were killed by Iranian special forces. "The attacks were a wake-up call for Iran's security apparatus", said senior Iran analyst Ali Vaez of the International Crisis Group.

Etemad carried an opinion piece that referred to the attacks as a "golden opportunity" for a show of national unity, while warning against those attempting to disrupt it. "So people in Iran, they don't consider the USA as their enemy". "We will remain, God willing". A woman suspected to be involved in the attack was arrested Wednesday.

It is obvious that using such resonant attack terrorists tried to demonstrate the weakness and ineffectiveness of Iranian security forces and all authorities.

"The second speaker of the parliament said, 'Come on!" All in all, the two events left at least 17 dead and more than 43 injured.

Iran had zero tolerance for terrorist activities and it was because of proper handling of situation that the country was considered to be somewhat immune to this problem.

The "spilled blood of the innocent will not remain unavenged", the Revolutionary Guard statement said.

In February, during the Munich Security Conference, Saudi Arabia joined Israel in calling for sanctions against Iran for its role in supporting the Syrian government.

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.

"This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the USA president (Donald Trump) and the (Saudi) backward leaders who support terrorists".

The White House released a statement from Trump condemning the terrorist attacks in Tehran and offering condolences, but also implying that Iran is itself a sponsor of terrorism. There is also no doubt that Iran will do everything possible to respond to these attacks.

Although the USA military is also fighting IS in Syria, as well as Iraq, Trump said in response to the attacks in Iran that the country is reaping what it sows. Iran actually provided safe haven to some of Al Qaeda's biggest fish after the attack. The group has also targeted Shiites in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The attacks are likely to deepen enmity and sharpen the regional battle for power between the two rivals. In turn, the United States has long regarded Iran as its principal rival in the Middle East.

Hessameddin Ashna, a presidential adviser on cultural affairs, warned against a harsh state response to the attacks.

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