Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday warned Iran against threatening the U.S. with retaliation for a terror attack over the weekend that killed at least 25.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have charged that the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel were behind the attack Saturday in the oil province of Khuzestan and vowed to “take revenge,” but Mattis said it was “ludicrous to suggest we had anything to do with it.” Military News
“We’ve been clear; they shouldn’t take us on like that. The only reason that the murderer Syrian president Bashar-Al Assad is still in power is that Iran has stuck by him … and funded him. We see the same kind of malfeasance down in Yemen, where they’re fomenting more violence. We’ve seen their disruptive capabilities demonstrated. It’s time for Iran to shape up and show responsibility,’’ and not continue a role “as a revolutionary organization that is intent on exporting terrorism, exporting disruption across the region.”
Iranians chanted “Death to the U.S.” and “Death to Israel,” as they blame Israel and the U.S. for the attack that left 29 killed and 70 wounded.
Ahvaz is home to a large and restive Sunni Arab population whose activists have pressed for separation from overwhelmingly Shiite Iran, but Hassan Salami, acting commander of the Revolutionary Guards, said at a funeral for one of the victims that Iran would “take revenge” against the U.S. and its allies.
“You are responsible for these actions; you will face the repercussions, We warn all of those behind the story, we will take revenge!”
The statement underlined that Iranian intelligence and security bodies hold good intel on the backup lines and location of those who lead the evil and criminal terrorists, “deadly and unforgettable revenge will be taken from them in the near future”.
“The Americans do not want security in Iran and they want to foment chaos and they want to create the conditions needed for them to return to the country one day and become masters of people similar to the past, but none of these are possible; these are raw imaginations and the US will never attain these goals.
It is fully clear to us who and which group has carried out the act and to whom they are affiliated. The US supports all small countries in the region which are mercenaries of Washington.
The Americans provoke them and provide them with the necessary means to commit these crimes.”
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.