"It gives Iran's arguments a more robust base". The tomb houses the body of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic's founder and first supreme leader, and it is a popular destination for tourists and pilgrims. Saudi Arabia has long pointed to the absence of IS attacks in Iran as a sign of Tehran's culpability.
"Just as hardliners in Iran should not use these horrific events as a means to advance political objectives, the international community should not exercise selectivity in its condemnation of such barbaric acts against Iran as a means to settle political scores", said Ghaemi. At least a dozen people were killed and dozens more injured. Some 43 people were wounded.
"I was in the visitors' lobby and suddenly shooting began". ISIS has been fighting Iranian forces off and on since 2006, when it was founded. "But their interests remain essentially aligned", Kyle Orton, a terrorism expert with the Henry Jackson Society, wrote on Twitter.
A second attacker was shot dead, he said.
For anyone looking beyond rhetoric and at reality, the attack is no surprise.
Reports said the gunmen had entered parliament via a public entrance, dressed as women. Authorities also claim to have foiled a third attack.
Police helicopters circled over the parliament building and all mobile phone lines from inside were disconnected.
Both Iranian security and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) reportedly killed the four terrorists who attacked the parliament building.
Iran is one of Syrian President Bashar Assad's main supporters in his fight against the rebel groups seeking to oust him. "Condolences with the victims of the attack in Tehran".
The US has designated Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism. Another reason to carry out an attack like this would be to push the Iranian government into cracking down domestically on the Sunnis [inside Iran].
Iran also assisted al-Qaeda in the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing which killed 19 American servicemen, the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, and the 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole.
In an appeal for unity, Rouhani's chief of staff, Hamid Aboutalebi, took to Twitter to praise the security services.
A few senators pleaded for a delay until next week of the previously scheduled vote in light of the attacks in Iran.
Fars reported that three attackers had opened fire on visitors at the shrine, while a fourth blew himself up outside a police station across from the site. ISIS would hope in that instance that the crackdown would be wide-ranging and would create a lot of alienation among the Sunnis in Iran, and that they would then support ISIS's cause. It's the Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan. Or, as has been customary in opposing anything Iran does and taking no account of exactly what interests are being advanced or threatened, will the Iranian responses be denounced as more "nefarious", "malign", and "destabilizing" behavior?
The Interior Ministry issued a statement afterwards, saying two terrorist teams targeted the shrine of Imam Khomeini and the parliament to bring terror and destabilize the country.
Islamic State has lambasted "heretic" Shi'ite Iran for helping the Syrian and Iraqi governments to fight it. Do you think we will leave? No!
The last major attack in Iran was in 2010 when a Sunni extremist group carried out a suicide attack against a mosque in Sistan-Baluchistan killing 39 people.
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