first published on September 25, 2018 by Will
Iran is now blaming the US as well as some Arab Gulf states for a humiliating and deadly attack on a military parade that left at least 25 people dead, including at least a dozen Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps troops in the southwestern city of Ahvaz.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said, “The cowardly attack was committed by those who are rescued by the Americans whenever they are locked in Syria and Iraq, and they are financed by Saudi and Emirate’s money.”
Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Commander Brig. Gen. Esmayeel Kossari claimed that documents found in Iraq and Syria were proof that “the Americans gave orders to Riyadh and supported this attack.” The documents in question remain unconfirmed.
Responsibility for the attack was claimed by Al-Ahwaz, a local Arab separatist group. Although, ISIS claimed responsibility as well. Iran claims to have arrested 22 people allegedly involved in the attack and said that they have seized explosives and other military and communications equipment in a “hideout.”
A New York Times article described the incident as “humiliating” for the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who hold themselves to be Iran’s most elite troops. Videos of the attack show the IIRGC troops fleeing, hiding, and not firing back at the perpetrators, although many of them can be seen bearing arms. Yet, it is possible that the IIRGC troops were not given live ammunition to take part in the parade, and were simply dressing the part of combatants for the spectators’ entertainment.
The following video was recorded during the attack and shows the fear and disarray as automatic gunfire can be heard tearing through the ranks.