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Syria condemns ‘terrorist attacks’ in Iran

Syria condemns the “terrorist attacks” that targeted the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The Foreign Ministry says Wednesday’s attacks were backed by various governments, without specifying. The attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group, which Syria routinely claims, without evidence, is backed by Western and other powers that want to remove President Bashar Assad from power.

An injured police officer receives medical care outside the Iranian parliament after a shooting attack on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (screen capture: Mehr news agency)
An injured police officer receives medical care outside the Iranian parliament after a shooting attack on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 (screen capture: Mehr news agency)

Iran has been a key backer of Assad throughout Syria’s six-year-long civil war. It has shored up the government with arms and energy transfers and sent elite fighters, top military advisers, and thousands of militiamen to bolster Assad’s forces.

Iran and Syria both cast the conflict as a struggle against Sunni Islamist terrorism. Their opponents instead blame the two governments for casting the conflict in starkly sectarian terms.

— AP

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