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The men who carried out Saturday’s attack on the parade in Ahvaz, in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan, were well trained: four of them killed 25 people and wounded 70 others before they were shot dead. The question is whether they were trained by Islamic State, or by the backers of the low-profile Ahvaz National Resistance, which also claimed credit for the attack. The Islamic State is an independent ultra-extremist Sunni Muslim movement that kills Shias (most Iranians

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Gulf countries talk of war with Iran as inevitable, and dream of drawing America into such a war to even up the odds.

Hassan Rouhani, the president of Iran, pinned the blame for the attack during the parade on the 'small [Arab] puppet countries in the region,' which he said have the backing of the U.S. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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