Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) linked the United States’ meeting with leaders of Saudi Arabia — which has “constantly been supporting” terrorists — to the deadly double terrorist attacks carried out by the Islamic State (Daesh) in Tehran Wednesday morning.
The suicide bombings and shooting rampage that took place in Iran’s Parliament and the iconic shrine devoted to the founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, left 12 dead and dozens injured.
“The public opinion in the world, specially the Iranian nation, sees this terrorist action that happened a week after the joint meeting of the US president with the heads of one of the reactionary regional states that has constantly been supporting Takfiri terrorists as to be very meaningful, and believes that ISIL’s acknowledging the responsibility indicates their complicity in this wild move,” the IRGC said in a statement, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency.
President Donald Trump is considering designating the IRGC a terrorist entity.
Iran’s hardliners have alleged that the United States created the Islamic State. During an emergency parliamentary meeting on Wednesday, members started chanting, “Death to America,” implying that the U.S. was behind the attacks.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has long stated his belief that the United States created the Islamic State.
In 2016, Khamenei tweeted from his English-language Twitter account that the United States created and is supporting the Islamic State in order to “defame true Islam” and promote Sunni Wahhabism.
In 2015, Khamenei claimed:
The present US officials are against the principles of Islam and, unlike their statements, they are after fomenting differences among Muslims, and its example is creating terrorist groups like Daesh (the Arabic acronym for ISIS) and other groups that have been created through the funding of the US affiliates and their political aids; they (the American officials) have caused the recent tragedies in the Muslim world.
Initial reports and a statement from Iran’s deputy interior minister, Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari, said the terrorists entered parliament wearing women’s clothing and wielding Kalashnikov rifles. However, the Fars News Agency reported later that “[t]he suicide attacker at Imam Khomeini Mausoleum was a female.”
Arabic news site AhluBayt purports to show the image of the lifeless body of one of the male suicide bombers who was neutralized before he could set off an explosion.