Mattis dismisses Iran revenge threat, says US not in attack

26 September, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • A general view shows an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz Iran in this

All four gunmen were killed. The United States has condemned the attack.

"We promise to show an annihilating and destructive response which makes them (the culprits) regret their deeds and no one will be able to kill our children in this territory, and this will not be the end of the story and we warn everyone that we will take revenge", said Brig.

A statement from RB Capital Markets described the attack as "destabilising".

On Monday, Iranian media quoted Hossein Salami, deputy commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corp, as saying that the attack, exposed the dark face of the US-led coalition and its allies to counter Iran's influence in the region.

It comes amid fears oil prices could hit an eye-watering $100 per barrel as United States sanctions against Iran begin. Iranian leaders blamed the US and Israel and threatened retaliation.

USA commercial crude oil inventories (C-STK-T-EIA) are at their lowest since early 2015 and although US oil production (C-OUT-T-EIA) is near a record high of 11 million barrels per day (bpd), subdued US drilling activity points towards a slowdown in output. The Arab countries of the Gulf are smaller and weaker than Iran, and have talked themselves into the paranoid conviction that Iran intends to destroy them, perhaps even to replace Sunni with Shia Islam. "I think what Rouhani needs to do is he needs to look at his own home base", US ambassador to the United Nations Nikky Haley shot back at the Iranian president on Sunday.

Iran is convinced it was the latter.

Struggling with high crude prices and a weak rupee, Indian refiners are preparing to cut back crude imports.

On Friday, the day before the attack, Rouhani wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post in which he said America's current policies toward Iran are "out of step with the realities on the ground - in Iran, in the region and around the world". "It's just ludicrous to say we had anything to do with it", he said. Iran has to do something stupid.

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"You've got a lot of rhetoric coming from Rouhani".

The Ahvaziya is an Iranian ethnic Arab separatist organisation and considered a terror organisation by the Iranian government.

None of Khuzestan's Arab separatist groups are known to have a presence in Syria.

The competing claims and blame have only clouded understanding of who was responsible for the attack but Iran's anger at the U.S. has come after long-term American support for anti-government groups has shifted towards more open hostility, with members of Donald Trump's administration supporting regime change. He pointed out that "moving the battle to the Iranian side is a declared option", and predicted the number of such attacks "will increase during the next phase".

It would the fourth Gulf war in fewer than 40 years.

The parade in Ahvaz - the capital of the south-western border province of Khuzestan - marked the anniversary of the start of Iran's 1980-88 war with Iraq.

Khuzestan, which has a large ethnic Arab community, was a major battleground of the 1980s war with Iraq and it saw unrest in 2005 and 2011.

The third was in 2003, when George W. Bush invaded Iraq in the mistaken belief that Saddam had links with the al-Qaida terrorists who conducted the 9/11 attacks or was working on weapons of mass destruction.

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