Current Event Cat of the Day: Iranian Embassy Double Bombings

Current Event Cat - Iranian Embassy

Dozens were killed when twin suicide blasts shook the Iranian embassy in Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut.

At least 23 people have been killed and more than 140 injured in the double bombing just outside the Iranian embassy. According to the local media, a suicide bomber on a scooter was behind the first blast, while the second came from a suicide bomber in an SUV. 

Who was behind the deadly blasts? The Sunni jihadist group Abdullah Azzam Brigades.

How did they announce it? On Twitter of course! After claiming responsibility in a tweet, the group described the attack as a “double martyrdom operation carried out by two heroes from the heroic Sunnis of Lebanon”. They went on to tweet that similar assaults would continue until the Iran-supported Shiite group Hezbollah stops sending fighters to help Syrian government forces.

The motive (obviously)? It’s alllll about the Syrian war – and about the ongoing Sunni-Shia rivalry. Iran is a super supporter of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah, which has sent a bunch of fighters to Syria to back the government of Bashar al-Assad. On the other side of the conflict, Lebanese Sunni Muslim fighters have joined forces with the mainly Sunni rebels in Syria – some of which are affiliated with al-Qaeda.

So the suicide bombs outside of the Iranian embassy are just a classic retaliation for something the embassy workers and unsuspecting civilians likely have no control over.

Via: CNN & Current Event Cats

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