Twitter bans account linked to Iran leader

Twitter FINALLY bans account linked Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei after posting Trump assassination video

  • Twitter banned an account linked to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for posting an animated video of a drone strike against Trump
  • ‘The account referenced has been permanently suspended for violating our ban evasion policy,’ a spokesperson for the social media platform confirmed
  • Former US President Donald Trump has been considered a target after he ordered a drone strike in Baghdad that killed General Qassem Soleimani 
  • The video was featured on the account @KhameneiSite following the two-year anniversary of Soleimani’s death

Twitter permanently suspended an account linked to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday after posting a video three days before depicting an animated drone strike against Donald Trump as revenge for the assassination of a highly-regarded general. 

The account, @KhameneiSite, posted the video on Wednesday showing an unmanned aircraft targeting Trump, who ordered a drone strike in Baghdad two years ago that killed top Iranian commander General Qassem Soleimani.

‘The account referenced has been permanently suspended for violating our ban evasion policy,’ a Twitter spokesperson confirmed.

Despite the suspension, Khamenei’s main accounts in various languages remain active.

An account linked to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was suspended after posting a video of an animated drone strike against Trump

The account @KhameneiSite was permanently suspended on Saturday for violating Twitter’s evasion policy

The video entitled ‘Revenge is definite’ depicted Trump playing on his golf course in Mar-a-Lago, Florida

The attack was considered ‘revenge’ after Trump ordered a drone strike in Baghdad two years ago that killed General Qassem Soleimani

The clip called ‘Revenge is definite’ was posted on the Khamenei site and depicted Trump playing at his golf course in Mar-a-Lago, Florida with four other men.

The drone operator wearing military camouflage is then seen typing into a computer ready to launch the attack on Trump.

The operator then manages to hack into Trump and one of the other associate’s phones with a message reading ‘Soleimani’s murderer and the one who gave the order will pay the price.’

The drone then flies over towards Trump and encapsulates him in a green box as he reads the message on his phone.

The word ‘READY’ is then seen flashing in red before it prepares to strike Trump.

The video was posted on the two-year anniversary of Soleimani’s death 

Twitter has since blocked the @KhameneiSite for safety and security purposes.  

The social media giant says it has clear policies around abusive behavior and will take action when violations are identified.

‘Twitter says @Khamenei_Site was banned in 2021 for creating fake accounts, among other things,’ BBC journalist Kian Sharifi said on the platform on Saturday.

‘However, tweets by that account were frequently retweeted by Khamenei’s main accounts. 

‘None of the Iranian Supreme Leader’s accounts are verified by Twitter.’

He also noted that the animated video was removed before the account was suspended, according to Newsweek. 

Former President Donald Trump previously saw his Twitter account suspended following the events of the January 6 Capitol riots

The former President Trump also saw his account suspended following the events that unfolded at the January 6 Capitol riots.

‘After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them—specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter—we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,’ Twitter said in a blog post. 

This video comes after Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi demanded Trump be ‘prosecuted and killed’ earlier this month after it was said he targeted Soleimani.   

‘If not, I’m telling all American leaders, don’t doubt that the hand of revenge will come out of the sleeves of ummah,’ Mr Raisi said, referring to the worldwide community of Muslims.      

General Qassem Soleimani was killed in an air strike in Baghdad in January 2020

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with relatives of slain commander Qasem Soleimani ahead of the second anniversary of his death in a US drone strike in Iraq

Khamenei, in a statement accompanying the video posted on his website, said the video was released ‘on the eve of the second anniversary of the martyrdom of General Haj Qasem Soleimani and the accompanying martyrs based on the statements of Ayatollah Khamenei about Martyr Soleimani’.

Khamenei is quoted as telling Soleimani’s family: ‘Martyr Soleimani is permanent, he is alive forever.

‘Those who martyred him – Trump and his ilk – are in the dustbin of history and will be forgotten in the dustbin of history, but he is alive forever.

‘The martyr is like this and his enemies will be lost and buried. Of course, God willing, they will be lost and buried after they pay the price for their worldliness.’

Iran released another fake propaganda video last year in May which depicts the United States Capitol being blown up by a missile and Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards ‘liberating’ Jerusalem.

The Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) broadcast the video on Iranian state-run television before a televised speech to the nation by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

The video opens with armed IRGC troops marching in formation. In the next shot a missile is seen being launched at an undisclosed location, following by the sight of the US Capitol imploding in a fiery blaze. 

Moments later, Iranian clerics are seen walking toward Jerusalem, the holy city at the crux of the Israel-Palestine dispute.    

Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards released a chilling propaganda video which depicts the United States Capitol being blown up 

In the next image, a missile is seen being launched at an undisclosed location

Moments later, Iranian clerics are seen walking toward Jerusalem, the holy city at the crux of the Israel-Palestine dispute

Leader of the Guards’ clandestine overseas Quds Force, Soleimani was a pivotal figure who built up Iran’s network of proxy armies across the Middle East before he was killed by the U.S. in a drone strike in 2020 – an attack which at the time brought the U.S. and Iran to the brink of war.

Iran retaliated with a rocket attack on an Iraqi air base where U.S. forces were stationed. Hours later, Iranian forces shot down a Ukrainian passenger airliner taking off from Tehran. Days later, Iran’s Guards admitted that the plane had been shot ‘mistakenly’.

Last year, Iran had asked Interpol to issue a ‘red notice’ for the arrest of President Trump and 47 other U.S. officials, citing the targeted killing a year ago of Qassem Soleimani, a powerful Iranian general. 

Interpol responded that it does not consider requests for a red notice that are motivated by political or military concerns. 

It’s the second time Iran has asked for help in detaining the US president. The first US President that Iran has asked to be arrested was Ronald Reagan. 

This is a provocative move amid ongoing international talks in Geneva about the Iranian nuclear program.

Who was Qasem Soleimani, Iranian general killed by US airstrike? 

Revolutionary Guards commander Qasem Soleimani, who was killed Friday in a US strike, was one of the most popular figures in Iran and seen as a deadly adversary by America and its allies.

General Soleimani, who headed the external operations Quds Force for the Guards, had wielded his regional clout publicly since 2018 when it was revealed that he had direct involvement in top-level talks over the formation of Iraq’s government.

It was no surprise at the time for a man who has been at the centre of power-broking in the region for two decades.

Soleimani has been in and out of Baghdad ever since, most recently last month as parties sought to form a new government.

Where once he kept to the shadows, Soleimani has in recent years become an unlikely celebrity in Iran — replete with a huge following on Instagram.

Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani (center) ‘was personally the most popular regime figure in Iran’ said one expert on Middle East affairs

His profile rose suddenly when he was pushed forward as the public face of Iran’s intervention in the Syrian conflict from 2013, appearing in battlefield photos, documentaries — and even being featured in a music video and animated film.

In a rare interview aired on Iranian state television in October, he said he was in Lebanon during the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war to oversee the conflict.

To his fans and enemies alike, Soleimani was the key architect of Iran’s regional influence, leading the fight against jihadist forces and extending Iran’s diplomatic heft in Iraq, Syria and beyond.

‘To Middle Eastern Shiites, he is James Bond, Erwin Rommel and Lady Gaga rolled into one,’ wrote former CIA analyst Kenneth Pollack in a profile for Time’s 100 most influential people in 2017.

‘To the West, he is… responsible for exporting Iran’s Islamic revolution, supporting terrorists, subverting pro-Western governments and waging Iran’s foreign wars,’ Pollack added.

With Iran roiled by protests and economic problems at home, and the US once again mounting pressure from the outside, some Iranians had even called for Soleimani to enter domestic politics.

While he has dismissed rumours he might one day run for president, the general has played a decisive role in the politics of Iran’s neighbour, Iraq.

As well as talks on forming a government, he was pivotal in pressuring Iraq’s Kurds to abandon their plans for independence after an ill-judged referendum last September.

Soleimani was key military decision-maker in Iran

His influence has deep roots, since Soleimani was already leading the Quds Force when the US invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

‘My Iranian interlocutors on Afghanistan made clear that while they kept the foreign ministry informed, ultimately it was General Soleimani that would make the decisions,’ former US ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker told the BBC in 2013.

His firm but quiet presence play perfectly to the Iranian penchant for dignified humility.

‘He sits over there on the other side of room, by himself, in a very quiet way. Doesn’t speak, doesn’t comment, just sits and listens. And so of course everyone is thinking only about him,’ a senior Iraqi official told the New Yorker for a long profile of Soleimani.

A survey published in 2018 by IranPoll and the University of Maryland — one of the few considered reliable by analysts — found Soleimani had a popularity rating of 83 percent, beating President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Western leaders saw him as central to Iran’s ties with militia groups including Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas.

Part of his appeal was the suggestion he might bridge Iran’s bitter social divides on issues such as its strict ‘hijab’ clothing rules.

‘If we constantly use terms such as ‘bad hijab’ and ‘good hijab’, reformist or conservative… then who is left?’ Soleimani said in a speech to mark World Mosque Day in 2017.

‘They are all people. Are all your children religious? Is everybody the same? No, but the father attracts all of them.’


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