Islamic State releases alleged proof of attack on Iran's Ahvaz

"To kill until you are killed, without trying to leave the scene is the method of (IS)", he said, pointing to parallels with a high-profile attack in Iran previous year.

When asked whether that meant Trump would be willing to sit down with Iran's ayatollah, Pompeo replied, "The president said he'll talk with anyone if we can have a constructive conversation".

"Saudi Arabia's policy is clear regarding its non-interference in the domestic affairs of other countries", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

In response, Mattis said, "It would be good if they knew what they were talking about", adding that he hoped "cooler and wiser heads would prevail".

Thousands of people packed the streets of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz to mourn the victims of Saturday's assault that killed 25 people, including 12 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards.

Mourners waved red, green and black flags with revolutionary messages, as well as the flags of Arab tribes from the surrounding Khuzestan region.

Iran on Tuesday (Sep 25) identified the perpetrators of a deadly attack on a military parade as "jihadist separatists", announcing a series of arrests and appearing to tie the Islamic State group to the bloodshed.

Cries and wails erupted when the casket of a local Ahvaz hero, 54-year-old Hossein Monjazi, a disabled war veteran and Revolutionary Guard member who had lost a leg and a hand in the Iraq-Iran war of the 1980s, was brought out.

State TV reported late Monday that authorities have detained 22 suspects linked to the group behind the attack and confiscated ammunition and communication equipment.

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Giuliani has made similar comments before on Iran and the State Department has said he does not speak for the administration.

It said: "We also contend that the risk of such a destabilising clash will only grow as Iran comes to feel the full effects of economic sanctions that are created to radically alter the behaviour of the ruling regime, if not change it".

"As you can see now, all of the people, whether they're Lor, Arab, Shushtari or Dezfuli, are all here today and all say death to the terrorists", he told AFP.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also claimed that USA backed states in the Persian Gulf were responsible for the assault.

The parade in Ahvaz - the capital of the south-western border province of Khuzestan - marked the anniversary of the start of Iran's 1980-88 war with Iraq.

A general view shows an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, Iran, in this September 22, 2018 photo by ISNA.

Under Khamenei's orders, Iran now limits its ballistic missiles to a range of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles), which gives Tehran the range to strike Israel, Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as regional American military bases. Iran accuses Saudi Arabia and the UAE of doing the same in Khuzestan. "The small (Arab) puppet countries in the region are backed by America, and the U.S.is provoking them and giving them the necessary capabilities".

Karim Dahimi, a human rights activist in London, told Reuters local sources had said more than 300 people had been arrested in the cities of Ahvaz, Khorramshahr and Abadan in recent days, mostly from the Sunni Muslim community.

A group called the Ahvaz National Resistance also claimed responsibility for the attack, while several other separatist and dissident organizations with similar names denied they were involved.

  • Sonia Alvarado