Ahvaz National Resistance

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Ahvaz National Resistance
مقاومت ملی اهواز
Active region(s)Khuzestan Province
IdeologyArab separatism

The Ahvaz National Resistance (Persian: مقاومت ملی اهواز‎) is an ethnic Arab opposition movement in Iran that seeks an independent state in Khuzestan Province.[1]

Described by Israeli newspaper Haaretz as "an umbrella organization of all armed movements", the Ahvaz National Resistance claimed responsibility for the 2018 Ahvaz military parade attack.[2][3] The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant later also claimed responsibility.[4] Speaking to Iran International TV in London, Yaqoub al-Tostari,[a] spokesman[clarification needed] for one of the two groups that identify themselves as the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz,[5] said the Ahvaz National Resistance was behind the attack, which killed 25 people excluding the five assailants, but did not specify which group.[2]

On 23 September 2018, Danish broadcaster DR stated that al-Tostari lives in Denmark and had an interview with him,[6] explaining a day later that the name "Yaqoub al-Tostari" is a cover, and that his real name is known to the broadcaster.[7]

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  1. ^ Alternate spellings include Yagoub Hor Altasteri[5] and Yaghub Hur Totsari.[2]
  1. ^ Michael Georgy (22 September 2018). "Gunmen kill 25, including 12 Revolutionary Guards, in attack on Iran military parade". Reuters. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Iran Blames Israel, U.S. for Military Parade Shooting That Killed 29". Haaretz. Associated Press and Reuters. 22 September 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Iran military parade attacked by gunmen in Ahvaz". BBC News Online. BBC. 22 September 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Islamic State says Iran attack will not be the last: al Furqan". Reuters. 26 September 2018.
  5. ^ a b Saeed Kamali Dehghan (22 September 2018). "Terrorists kill Iranian children and soldiers in military parade attack". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  6. ^ Christina Nordvang Jensen, Emma Stampe Fogh (23 September 2018). "Talsperson afviser at stå bag angreb i Iran: 'Vi er kun aktive politisk'" (in Danish). DR. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  7. ^ Emil Søndergård Ingvorsen, Sally Frydenlund (24 September 2018). "Irans ambassadør: "Vi bad om udlevering af terrorister i Danmark i 2010"" (in Danish). DR. Retrieved 24 September 2018.