Originally published in the Greek newspaper “Paraskinio” issue 583, p. 56 on June 17, 2017
Earlier this month, an unprecedented event for Iran’s capital Tehran occurred, when the Iranian Parliament building and the Khomeini monument became the targets of a terrorist attack, tragically resulting in the deaths of 9 people and injuries for over 40. The attack inside the parliament was carried out by three suicide bombers after a hostage situation of two hours, while terrorists were blasting in Khomeini’s mausoleum. The strange thing about this attack is that ISIS did not wait until it was completed in the parliament building to announce that it was behind these actions. Are we in the face of ISIS policy change or is there a secret plan?
The relationship between the Iranian regime and international terrorist organizations is dominated by a sort of “intimacy”. Some of these organizations directly linked to the Iranian regime, as is the case with Hezbollah, the Lebanese terrorist militia, are responsible for a series of massacres on Syria and many terrorist acts in Eastern Europe and Africa. The Iranian regime directly supports the Houthi militia in Yemen and Al-Hashd Al-Sha’abi in Iraq, responsible for major war crimes against Sunni of Iraq in Fallujah, Ramadi and Mosul. However, the Iranian regime did not stop there, but it had a very good relationship with Al-Qaeda. As the American leaks of Jalabad’s files reveal in a letter included in the correspondence of its leader Osama bin Laden, the importance of the Iranian regime in laundering money and its movement along Iran’s borders with Afghanistan is highlighted. In addition, the Iranian regime announced in early 2014 the release of seven major Al-Qaeda leaders, who are currently important members of the organization in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
A report by the German newspaper”Der Spiegel” in April 2015 speaks of one of the ruling ISIS minds named Haji-Bakr, who was killed by the Syrian military opposition in early 2014. The report reveals important documents for the military leaders of the organization, as well as its organization chart and resources. The most important of the documents made public was his passport, which contains many entry-exit stamps in Iran. Knowing that this person was a former Iraqi army officer and one of the ten most important executives in the ISIS leadership, the relationship between the Iranian regime and the terrorist organization is confirmed. So what was the reason for Tehran’s recent targeting?
The Iranian regime, which was following President Trump’s visit in Saudi Arabia at the end of last month, felt the danger of something being planned against him. Iran is one of the few countries in the Middle East region that was not targeted by ISIS, despite the apparent hostility of the organization to it and despite the extensive borders with Iraq and Afghanistan. It was, therefore, very important for the Iranian regime to prove that it has been placed in the victim’s position in every possible way. The information that came from the Iranian parliament confirms that the attack was staged. All entrants to the area are scrutinized and visitors are not allowed to hold even a pen. How three people armed with Kalashnikov and suicide bands entered the building without colliding with security?
The lack of a global impact of this attack, as the Iranian regime wished, could make it possible to carry out even larger terrorist acts within the Iranian territory. Over the next few days there will be sufficient evidence of this view.