The IRGC military parade in Ahvaz, Iran on Saturday was attacked by gunfire, killing at least 25. The deadly attack on the parade did one thing: it shook the entire notion that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard was somehow able to “repel any attacker.” It appears they are fallible after all, and perhaps vulnerabe to Guerilla tactics.
The 4 gunmen wore Iranian military uniforms when they opened fire on a riser where military and police commanders were sitting. All four gunmen were reportedly killed. At least 8 of the dead were members of the IRGC. The group vowed “deadly and unforgiving revenge in the near future,” according to the Military Times.
Reuters reported that ISIS, as well as the Iranian ethnic Arab opposition movement called the Ahvaz National Resistance, which seeks a separate state in oil-rich Khuzestan province, claimed responsibility for the attack. The city of Ahvaz is the capital of Khuzestan Province.
Iran’s leadership appears to believe that the Ahvaz group is to blame. Publicly they blamed US allies like the UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, or the US itself. But they summoned Denmark, the UK, and Netherlands envoys for harboring members of the terrorist group. Later the UAE envoy was summoned over an alleged “irresponsible and insulting statements.”
But ISIS’ claim is also worth noting, as they released a video showing 3 out of 4 of the terrorists responsible.
#Daesh news agency Amaq has released video of 3 out of 4 #terrorists who conducted attack on military parade in #Ahvaz Sep 22. Dressed in camouflage with #IRGC badges, they say are ready for attacking #Iran-ian forces. 2 of them speak Arabic & 1 speaks Farsi. (via @SFallahpour ) pic.twitter.com/38HDrT8HwL
— Fereshteh Sadeghi (@fresh_sadegh) September 23, 2018
The death toll from the IRGC military parade stood at somewhere around 25, possibly more, with at least 60 injured, according to Fox. According to news reports, it was the worst attack against the IRGC in 10 years.
Iran is currently in the throes of upheaval. The resistance groups, the droughts, the anger over the US removing itself from the nuclear agreement, protests throughout the country, and the sanctions are all weighing heavily on the Mullahs.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had harsh words for the United States when he spoke to the UN:
“All of those small mercenary countries that we see in this region are backed by America. It is Americans who instigate them and provide them with necessary means to commit these crimes…The same will happen to Trump. America will suffer the same fate as Saddam Hussein…But our people will resist and the government is ready to confront America. We will overcome this situation and America will regret choosing the wrong path.”
They may not be as ready as they think they are.