In Southern Iran, Was It the Beginning of the End?
Friday, September 27, 2019
The War that will happen?
Jihad Watch : As tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia could break out into war at
any time, here is some background on how tensions got this high. It has
now been a year since “at least 29 people were killed and 70 wounded in
an attack on a military parade in the Arab Ahvaz region” of southern
Iran. “President Hassan Rouhani has called on the country’s security
forces to determine who was behind the attack amid competing claims of
responsibility.” The full story is here.
Heavily armed gunmen rained automatic weapons fire for
over ten minutes on participants of the parade Saturday in Khuzestan
province. Most of the victims reportedly belonged to Iran’s elite
Revolutionary Guard. Iranian TV showed ambulances ferrying dozens of victims to nearby
hospitals while survivors could be seen helping those who were injured.
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Commander in charge of Khuzestan province
Hassan Shahvarpour told Iranian TV that two of the parade attackers
were killed on the spot, one died from his wounds at a hospital and a
fourth was arrested. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other top officials were shown
on Iranian TV leaving another military parade in Tehran, immediately
after they were told about the attack in Khuzestan.
Parades were held across the country in commemoration of the start of Iran’s 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. There are conflicting reports over who was responsible for the
attack, but both the Islamic State group and a group calling itself the
“Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz” claimed
Iran accused Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of being
behind the attack, supporting the Arab separatists of the “Movement for
the Liberation of Ahvaz.” According to the Iranians, ISIS had nothing to
do with it. Nor was Israel initially blamed (which did not prevent an
Iranian spokesman from threatening retaliation, too, against the Jewish
state). And behind the Saudis and the Emiratis, the Iranians saw the