Iran condemned twin bombings in the Iraqi capital that killed at least 32 people and wounded some 110 other in the deadliest attack to target the city in three years.
Iran’s Embassy in Baghdad in a statement called the suicide attacks “terrorist atrocities” and hope that the Iraqi security officials will manage to consign the perpetrators to justice at the earliest opportunity.
“As ever, the Islamic Republic lays emphasis on [providing] support for the Iraqi government and nation and is prepared to render whatever service that could be required,” the statement read, according to Press TV.
Two men blew themselves up in a crowded market selling used clothes on Thursday. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that such terrorist attacks, among other forms of instigation, result in nothing but wastage of American lives and resources to target the Islamic Republic.
“From terrorist bombings in Baghdad to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu's boot-licking—albeit a new boot—all have but one objective: trap another POTUS (President of the United States) into spending US blood & treasure to “confront” Iran,” he tweeted.
The Israeli prime minister has been trying most to make the US take on Iran. Provocation by him and others managed to have the US leave a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers and reinstate sanctions that the deal had lifted.
“The cringe-worthy obsequiousness notwithstanding, desperate plotting against Iran will fail again,” Zarif added. He was referring to Iran’s success in neutralizing the effects of the sanctions and launching nuclear countermeasures against the US and others’ non-commitment to the deal.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Daesh terrorism has been resuscitated in Iraq and is planning to disrupt the country’s peace and stability and provide foreign forces with an excuse to continue their presence.
He stressed Iran’s support for the Iraqi government as well as the country’s stability and territorial integrity, adding that Tehran also backs measures taken by the Iraqi security forces to find and bring to justice the perpetrators behind such crimes
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready, as it did in the past, to provide Iraqi brethren will all kinds of support in their fight against terrorism and extremism,” Khatibzadeh added.
Iran began lending effective military advisory support to Iraq since 2014, when Daesh started its campaign of bloodshed and destruction against the Arab country. The assistance helped Iraq defeat the terrorist group in late 2017.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi promises a crushing response.
“Our response to those who shed innocent Iraqi blood will be bold and earth-shattering, and the evil leaders of Daesh will face a force to be reckoned with,” Kadhimi tweeted on Thursday.
“Our people have proven their resolve in the face of Daesh’s terrorism,” Kadhimi said.
Iraq’s Kata’ib Hezbollah resistance group blamed Saudi Arabia, the US, and Israel for the suicide bombings, warning Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that he will pay the price for backing such plots.
The Iraqi group described the trio as the “axis of evil”.
“The Zionist, American, and Saudi evil bands have restarted their filthy criminal acts against the children of the Iraqi nation by committing an ugly crime, which targeted a marketplace full of poor Iraqis,” Kata’ib said in a statement.
“We once again highlight what we earlier said about bin Salman’s decision and his intention to support brutal operations [in Iraq]. We had earlier warned him not to play with the lion’s tail, as this fire will engulf his kingdom of evil and bring him down.”
However, bin Salman has not only refused to stop these crimes despite the warnings, but he has committed more crimes against innocent people, Kata’ib said.
“Therefore, he will pay the price for his decision.”
Call for thwarting plots
Iraq's top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani slammed “ruthless terrorists” for targeting “innocent civilians” in a horrendous scene "that shocks every conscientious human."
Ayatollah Sistani offered his condolences to families of the victims, urging Iraq’s security forces to intensify their efforts to maintain the country’s security and thwart plots hatched by enemies.
Restart of attacks suspicious
Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah said that restart of bomb attacks after a period of relative calm in Iraq was suspicious, especially after the country demanded withdrawal of all US forces.
Hezbollah noted that US seeks to impose more sanctions on the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) and its commanders in order to pave the way for terrorist attacks by Daesh and other terrorist outfits.
“The best answer to this vicious crime should be increased awareness of Iraqi people and their commitment to freedom and independence of their country,” Hezbollah said in a statement.
The movement added that Iraqi people must also continue to oppose presence of American forces in their country and do everything in their power to fight all remnants of terrorist groups.