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Attackers Strike Iranian Parliament, Shrine

In a shocking and deadly assault, attackers stormed Iran’s parliament and the shrine of revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Wednesday.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which the BBC calls “the most serious terrorist violence in Tehran since the turbulent early years after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.”

Iran is heavily involved in fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq. The attacks hit at two important and heavily symbolic sites in Iran’s capital.

Iranian security forces say four attackers have been killed and a third attack was prevented.


Robin Wright, Analyst and joint fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson International Center; author of “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World”; contributing writer to The New Yorker

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