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12 dead after gunmen attack Iranian parliament and Khomemei mausoleum

  • Violence broke out in and around the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday at both the Iranian parliament building and the Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum, just south of the city, CNN reported.
  • CNN reported that 12 people were killed in the dual attacks and dozens more were injured, citing Iranian media.
  • According to the Associated Press, Iranian state media reported that multiple attackers stormed the Iranian parliament building, which, according to CNN, is “highly fortified,” with “multiple security checkpoints.” Read more (6/7/17)

So, now that the Syrian government has finally recovered control over its border with Iraq, there’s a very real possibility that in the following months we will see:

Russian T-90s fighting alongside Iraqi M1 Abrams

Iraqi Mi-28 Havoks and soon-to-be-delivered AH-64 Apaches fighting alongside Russian Havoks and Ka-52 Alligators

Not to mention

Syrian, Russian and Iraqi Hinds working together!

And if Iran joins them, well

This will only get much, much more interesting. 

I stand in solidarity with Tehran following today’s deadly attacks by ISIS. CNN is now reporting at least a dozen fatalities between the assault on the Parliment building and the bombing and assualt at the Iman Khomeini Mausoleum. Violence will not be tolerated against innocent people, anywhere in the world, I hope that my fellow Americans will stand with Iran and stand against this bloodshed in the same way we stood with our countrymen after Orlando, with the British after Manchester, with the French after Paris, with the victims all across the globe. Keep the people of Tehran in your heart today and in the days to come, they need love now just as we did. Let us all unite in the name of peace.

Thoughts and prayers are with those who were affected by today's attacks in Tehran.

Only a few days after the attacks in London it is shocking and heart breaking that these terrorists have now hit somewhere else that I consider so close to me.

No only is there an attack on the parliament building, somewhere that is meant to represent a place of democracy, but also on a shrine.

2 separate attacks in one day. Unfortunately 5 (now 12) people have already been reported as killed and there are still ISIS terrorist in the parliament building. I hope that the authorities are able to quickly and safely resolve the situation without anymore civilian casualties.

Thoughts and prayers are with everyone who may have been affected by today’s attacks. We must stand together and stand strong against all forms of extremism and terrorism.

Haleh Afshar (b. 1944) is a British-Iranian professor and life peer in the House of Lords. She is a Muslim feminist, concerned with equal opportunities and development.

She teaches politics and women’s studies at the University of York. She has written numerous texts on the role of women in politics, the state, and the workforce, particularly in Africa and Asia. She is a founder of the Muslim Women’s Network, and has been the Chair of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies.

Iran: Rock art from unknown ancient civilisation discovered on sacred volcanic stone at top of mountain

In Iran’s remote north-east, the discovery of mysterious rock art is intriguing archaeologists. Strange symbols engraved on an outcrop of volcanic rock, on top of a mountain, appear particularly puzzling.

The site, known as Pire Mazar Balandar (or PMB001), is situated near a small village and is well known to the locals. They in fact consider the engraved stone to be sacred. It is covered in 16 simple symbols, including U-shapes which the villagers believe are the hoof prints of the horse of the prophet Imam Reza, who is buried at a nearby shrine.

Pilgrims had for years left offerings by the volcanic stone and had started to build a small temple around it. But it was only recently, in 2015, that archaeologist Mahmoud Toghrae discovered the site and began documenting the rock art. Read more.