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Deadly Twin Blasts Claim Lives Near Slain Iran Commander’s Grave

This week, Iran was rocked by twin explosions near the grave of a slain Revolutionary Guard commander. Dozens were killed, most of whom were the soldiers of Iran’s elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). It is suspected that the attack was orchestrated by anti-government forces in the country. The explosions occurred near the mausoleum of Major General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq in January. Soleimani was commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force and a highly revered figure in Iran. The Sunday morning explosions occurred during a ceremony commemorating Soleimani. Iranian state television reported that nearly 50 people were killed, with more than 300 injured. It emphasized that the IRGC lost the most personnel in the attack. This attack came at a time of rising tension between Iran and the United States, following the US sanctions imposed after President Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran responded to the sanctions by scaling back its commitments to the nuclear deal. In recent months, there have been several exchanges of attacks on oil tankers and other military facilities in the Middle East, as well as the assassination of a nuclear scientist in Iran. The perpetrators of the twin blasts have not yet been identified, however, the Iranian government believes that the attack was orchestrated by foreign agents in an attempt to create further chaos and instability in the region. The increase in violence in the region has now raised serious concerns about the security of the nation’s Revolutionary Guard and other sensitive sites. This is sure to heighten the current tensions between Iran and the US in the coming weeks and must be addressed with caution by all involved parties.

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