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Islamic State Launches Ramadan War on Shiite Iran with Attack on Parliament, Ayatollah Shrine

Islamic State Launches Ramadan War on Shiite Iran with Attack on Parliament, Ayatollah Shrine

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by Adelle Nazarian

On Wednesday morning, the Islamic State carried out an unprecedented double terrorist attack on Iran’s Parliament building and the iconic shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic and leader of the 1979 revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leaving at least 12 people dead and 42 others injured.

The deadly siege went on for over four hours. The militants seemingly targeted those two specific landmarks to send a message to the Shiite government of Iran.

This is the fourth attack the Islamic State has claimed since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began on May 27. The previous three include attacks on London, England; Manila, Philippines; and Baghdad, Iraq. The government of the Philippines has rejected ISIS’s claim on the Manila attack, however, stating the perpetrator had no ties to Islam at all. Wednesday’s attack on Tehran is the first time the Sunni Islamic State has taken carried out an assault in a Shiite-majority country.

Iran’s deputy interior minister, Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari, said the terrorists entered Parliament wearing women’s clothing and wielding Kalashnikov rifles.

Another group of terrorists reportedly entered Khomeini’s iconic shrine where two Islamic State militants blew themselves up as others embarked on a bloody shooting spree. At least one Iranian security guards died in the suicide bombings.

According to the Independent, the terrorists could be heard shouting in Arabic, as gunshots and alarms rang in the background, “Oh God, thank you… Do you think we will leave? No! We will remain, God willing.” Those words were reportedly popularized by Islamic State spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, who was killed in Syria last year.

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