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Saudi on alert after ISIS threatens terror attack

10 June 2017

Iran's Supreme Leader is saying that the Islamic State-claimed dual attacks that killed 17 people in Tehran will add to the hatred that Iranians harbor toward the USA and Saudi Arabia.

The intelligence ministry said the attacks were carried out by five Iranian men who had joined IS and travelled to their bastions in Iraq and Syria before returning home.

Qatar said it led the region in attacking what it called the roots of terrorism, giving young people hope through jobs, educating hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and funding community programmes to challenge extremist agendas.

The remarks by Zarif referred to the comments made by Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud, in May, who said Riyadh would bring "the battle" into Iran.

Iran also has been fiercely opposed to the militant group.

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On Thursday, Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavai, said the country was investigating whether Saudi Arabia had a role Wednesday's attacks.

During the funeral, Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani called the U.S. the "international" version of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

Late on Thursday, Erdogan's office said he had approved legislation on deploying Turkish troops to Qatar, which hosts a Turkish military base, in an apparent sign of support for the its Arab ally facing isolation, and pledged to provide food and water supplies.

The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the near-simultaneous assaults.

IRGC Brigadier General Hossein Salami also vowed that Iran would "take revenge" for the attacks.

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The attackers raided Iran's parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum on Wednesday morning, in a rare strike at the heart of the Islamic Republic.

Iran announced yesterday that it has arrested several people suspected of relation to the terror attacks.

The ministry issued a statement on its website with bloody pictures of the men's corpses. NPR's Michele Kelemen notes that the State Department condemned the attack and wrote that "the depravity of terrorism has no place in a peaceful, civilized world".

Iranians awoke Thursday to find increased security on the streets of the capital and an announcement that the death toll from the attack had risen by five to 17, according to the coroner's office.

Trump's comments brought criticism from Iranians on social media, who recalled their government's offers of support and the candlelight vigils held in Iran after the attacks of September 11, 2001 in the United States.

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Other members of the public accused Saudi Arabia and Iran's long-time foe, the United States, of backing the attacks. "Some terrorist cells also have been dismantled".