Iranians attend the funeral of victims of an Islamic State militant attack on Wednesday, in Tehran, Iran, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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When Daesh (ISIS) called on members of Iran's Sunni minority in March to wage a religious war on their Shiite rulers, few people took the threat seriously.This week's attacks at Parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini have exposed shortcomings within the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which was supposed to be protecting these potent symbols of Iran's revolution.They have also undermined Tehran's belief that by backing offensives against Daesh across the Middle East, it can keep the militant group away from Iran.Undaunted, officials say Iran will step up the strategy, which includes sending fighters to battle Daesh in Syria and Iraq alongside allied Shiite groups.One senior Iranian official told Reuters that Daesh had established a network of support in the country, and suggested that members' motivation was as much political and economic as to do with Sunni radicals' belief that Shiites are infidels.Two Sunni groups, Jaish al-Adl and Jundallah, have been fighting the IRGC for over a decade.A senior official, who also asked not to be named, said the attacks would push Iran toward "a harsher regional policy".Newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani has said the attacks would make Iran more united.
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