Iran Struggles With Unrest in Pivotal Oil Hub

from The Wall Street Journal,

Recent attack that killed more than 25 in Khuzestan province followed protests and claims of sabotage.

Militant attacks on security forces and unrest in Iran’s main oil hub threaten the country’s economic engine as the regime struggles to cope with tighter U.S. sanctions, a falling currency and growing regional tensions. On Saturday, gunmen killed more than 25 people at a military parade of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in the southwestern province of Khuzestan. It was the third attack on security forces in the province in the past three years; five people died in the prior attacks, according to the government. Last month, Iran’s intelligence ministry announced it had foiled attacks being prepared in Khuzestan, which borders Iraq and holds about 70% of Iran’s estimated reserves of oil, the country’s main revenue source. The government said it had arrested six alleged separatists, seizing Uzis and night goggles. The attacks so far haven't visibly impacted Iran’s oil industry but pile further pressure on a regime struggling to contain unrest across the country over persistent double-digit inflation and unemployment.

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