At least 20 Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing

Leroy Wright
February 14, 2019

Jundallah, a Sunni extremist group whose members have joined Jaish al-Adl, claimed responsibility for that attack.

In a tweet, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Javad Zarif, who has been critical of the Warsaw gathering, obliquely implied there could be a connection between the summit and the attack on the Revolutionary Guards.

The so-called Jaish ul-Adl terror group, which is based across the border in Pakistan and is responsible for kidnapping Iranian border guards and carrying out other terrorist attacks of this kind in Sistan and Baluchistan province over the past years, has claimed responsibility for the deadly terrorist attack on social media. Iranian press agency Fars reported 41 casualties, both military and civilian.

In June 2017, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Iran's parliament in central Tehran and the Mausoleum of founder of Islamic Revolution Guard Ayatollah Rohullah Khomeini killing at least 13 people.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard exert significant economic and military power within the country, answerable only to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader. Some of its fighters are seasonal, including some from Pakistan, who are called upon for occasional operations against Iranian security forces.

Local tribes control large swaths of Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan regions and neither Iranian nor Pakistani security forces have a permanent presence there.

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The bloodiest attack in recent times to have hit Iran took place in September when assailants killed 24 people at a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, described the conference convened by the USA as the Warsaw Circus, and said it was "no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day" that the talks began.

"Foreign-backed terrorists kill & wound innocents in Chabahar".

Iranian officials have blamed Saudi Arabia and the United States for stirring up dissent in the country. "Especially when cohorts of same terrorists cheer it from Warsaw streets & support it with (Twitter) bots?"

"It is another attempt by the United States to pursue an obsession with Iran that is not well-founded", Zarif told a Tehran news conference.

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