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Twin blasts in Iran – what is next in the region

Once again Iran was targeted by one of the most heinous terrorist attacks killing more than 100 innocent people attending an event honoring the Iranian general killed by U.S drone in 2020 on the same day.

Twin explosions taken place in the southeastern city of Kerman while people were attending a religious gathering to commemorate the fourth anniversary of their brave and beloved general’s martyrdom. International community and world leaders condemned the terrorists attacks that ISIS claims responsibility and the suspects were detained in 6 provinces.

Hamas attack on October 7 changed military and geo-politics in the region fearing to spread globally. Three months later, the support for Hamas and the people of Palestine constantly increasing beyond Muslim nations. Weekly protests are taking place in the U.S, Australia, U K, Europe, and in the Arab countries.

This is the first time people around the world demonstrated their solidarity with the people of Palestinians on World Human Rights Day. A sign of changing world view against US and its allies support against Israel. Definitely U.S is more isolated now than ever.

Let us go back and see the development in the Middle-East prior to Oct 07. The U.S was brokering a deal between Saudi Arabia, the unchallenged leader of the Islamic world and Israel for mostMuslims see a threat to peace in the Middle-East, the agreement was known as The Abraham Accords, enabling Saudi Arabia to have an open and official diplomatic relationship with Israel. Other powerful Muslim nations such as United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and partially Sudan had already normalized relationship with Israel, making the Palestine issue more complex and Palestinians more vulnerable. Hamas’ unprecedented attacks on Israel derailed the American dream and challenged Saudi’s leadership in the Muslim world.  

According to many political analysts, both Saudi Arabia and Israel face same kinds of threats in the region, namely, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Sunni political Islamists oppositions. The recent bilateral disputes between Qatar and Saudi emerged from these factors.  However, the China initiated Iran-Saudi agreement pose a direct challenge to the interests of the U.S in the region.

As the Hamas-Israel war continues, non-state powers, Houthis of Yemen and Lebanon’s Hezbollah are directly dragged into the frying pan making the three Hs in solidarity. It is a known factor that both Hezbollah and Houthis are ideologically inspired and connected to the Islamic Republic of Iran. So, the attack on Iran is well explained that both U.S and its allies wanted to drag Iran into the current conflict to weaken the ‘Axis of Resistance’. The objectives of decade-long attacks on Syria by ISIS and anti-Assad propaganda were to weaken the resistance and to silence the Palestinian cause forever.

International community is curious to know what is next in the region?    

Written by Hanif Bismi

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