ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack earlier today on the Iranian Parliament building and the tomb of former leader Ayatollah Khomeni. Four attackers were ultimately shot by police, but not before they killed 12 and wounded many more. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard blamed Saudi Arabia for being behind the attacks, saying,"
"This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US President [Donald Trump] and the [Saudi] backward leaders who support terrorists."Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran are contending for domination in the Muslim world, leading to proxy wars between the religious factions with Iran's Revolutionary Guard backing Hezbollah, Syria's Assad, and Shiite factions in Yemen, and Saudi Arabia officials backing Sunnis there and allegedly providing support to ISIS. Fifteen of the 19 terrorists involved in the 9-11 attack were Saudis.
The recent rupture in the relationship of Qatar with several Sunni-majority nations, led by Saudi Arabia, has the Persian Gulf region tense, particularly after autocratic con artist Donald "Rump" Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia, where he pledged an arms buildup aimed at countering Iran and backed away from criticism of their abysmal human rights record. His support was seen as a green light to the Saudi's for confronting Qatar. Rump later inserted himself in the conflict by identifying Qatar as a source of terrorist funding, despite their hosting of the U.S.'s largest military base in the region.
(photo: Tasnim News Agency. Iranian security forces outside Iranian Parliament building)