Ayatollah Threatens “Devastating” Revenge on United States and Israel
Although accusing Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for hiring terrorists to carry out last Saturday’s attack at a military parade that killed 25, one official promised the United States, Israel and the kingdom “devastating revenge.” Four (or perhaps five if news agency reports of the discovery of an additional shooter among the bodies) assailants who retrieved hidden weapons and opened fired on a viewing stand at a parade marking the start of the war against Iraq in 1980 were killed by security forces. The attack sent shock waves through the Iranian government for the ferocity of the incident and the high death toll of members of the Revolutionary Guard, Tehran’s feared elite force. Government officials have focused its threatening rhetoric on the trio of nations despite the belief by experts that Ahvaz National Resistance, an opposition group seeking to take control of Khuzestan province, aa major source of oil. Rights groups monitoring the situation in Ahvaz warn of widespread arrests in the aftermath of the attack.