Iran's supreme leader blames enemies for spread of unrest Jan 03, 2018 0 52 12345 AFPTehranIran's supreme leader blamed the country's"enemies" on Tuesday for days of unrest that have seen 21 people killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest test for the Islamic regime in years.In a speech carried on state television, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei broke his silence on the protests for the first time since they erupted last Thursday."The enemies have united and are using all their means, money, weapons, policies and security services to create problems for the Islamic regime," the supreme leader said."The enemy is always looking for an opportunity and any crevice to infiltrate and strike the Iranian nation."A fifth night of unrest Monday to Tuesday saw six protesters killed during an attack on a police station in Qahderijan in the central province of Isfahan, state TV said.At least three other towns near the cultural hub of Isfahan also saw violence overnight, causing the deaths of a young member of the Revolutionary Guards, a policeman and a bystander.The estimated death toll is now 21 since protests began in second city Mashhad and quickly spread to become the biggest challenge to the Islamic regime since mass demonstrations in 2009.As violence has grown, authorities have stepped up arrests, with at least 450 people detained in Tehran since Saturday and 100 more around Isfahan on Monday, officials told local media.US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly criticised Tehran since the latest protests began, praised the demonstrators for acting against the"brutal and corrupt" regime and said Iranians had"little food, big inflation and no human rights".Iran's foreign ministry fired back that the US leader was"wasting his time sending useless and insulting tweets" and would be better off focusing on"homeless and hungry people" in his own country.The unrest in Iran appears leaderless and focused on provincial towns and cities, with only small and sporadic protests in Tehran amid a heavy police presence.Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, described the unrest as a"proxy war against the Iranian people" and said online accounts in the United States, Britain and Saudi Arabia are fomenting protests.Many on the streets of Tehran agreed with his assessment."When there is a protest, you can be sure other countries will take advantage of it and interfere," Mehdi Rahmani, a 30-year-old architectural engineer, told AFP. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Israel law tightens hold on occupied Jerusalem sectors Jan 03, 2018 0 650 Algeria breast cancer survivors shunned as 'half-women' Jan 03, 2018 0 79 UN rights experts decry repression in Saudi Arabia Jan 03, 2018 0 52 Israel targets Hamas sites after Gaza rocket attack AFP Gaza City Israeli aircraft attacked Hamas bases in Gaza early on Tuesday in response to a rocket from the Palestinian enclave targeting southern Israel hours before, officials said. The aircraft targeted .. Iran reopens all border posts with Iraqi Kurdistan Iraq Iran on Tuesday reopened the last two border posts with Iraqi Kurdistan that it closed in response to an independence vote rejected by Baghdad and neighbouring countries, officials said. The Iranian consulate in .. Saudi minister back at work after graft detention Riyadh A Saudi minister who was detained in an anti-govt probe at a Riyadh hotel attended a cabinet meeting on Tuesday after he was"proven innocent", media reported. The official Saudi Press Agency posted on its Twitter .. Egypt files murder charges against Coptic church attack suspect CAIRO Egypt's public prosecutor has filed murder charges against a man accused of killing 11 people in an attack on a Coptic church and a Christian-owned shop in a Cairo suburb last week, judicial sources said. The .. Egypt hangs four convicted of 2014 bomb attack CAIRO Egypt has hanged four men convicted by a military court of killing three military students in a bombing in 2014, security sources said on Tuesday. It was the second reported multiple execution of convicted Islamist .. Egypt to extend state of emergency for 3 months CAIRO Egypt is to extend its nationwide state of emergency for three months from Jan. 13 to help tackle"the dangers and funding of terrorism", state news agency MENA said on Tuesday. Egypt first imposed the current state .. 2 shells from Syria hit southeastern Turkey: Anadolu ISTANBUL Two artillery shells from Syria hit Turkey's southeastern province of Hatay on Tuesday and Turkish border troops fired back, the state-run Anadolu agency said. The shells came from an area of Syria .. Iran reformists condemn violence and US support for protests Tehran Iran's reformist politicians on Tuesday condemned violence that has rocked the country in recent days, accusing the US of stirring unrest while still calling on their government to address economic ..