US does not doubt ISIS claim for attack in Iran: White House

The United States is in no position to doubt ISIS’s claim that it was responsible for Wednesday’s attack in Iran that killed nearly 100 people, White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters at a briefing on Thursday.

On Thursday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the dual explosions that resulted in the deaths of nearly 100 individuals and left scores wounded during a ceremony in Iran commemorating the late commander Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by a US drone in 2020.

The group issued a statement through its Telegram channels.

State media reported on Thursday that investigators believe suicide bombers likely carried out the attack.

Iran is grappling with its most severe militant attack in decades, keeping the broader Middle East on edge. According to an unnamed source quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency, Wednesday’s attack in Kerman claimed the lives of at least 84 people and injured another 284.

The incident targeted a ceremony honoring Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, revered by theocracy supporters and considered a formidable adversary by the US military for his alleged role in aiding militants responsible for killing American troops in Iraq.

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