- Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted a threatening image online aimed at former President Donald Trump.
- The image, which appears on his official website, shows the shadow of an unidentifiable aircraft flying over Trump while he is golfing. The text accompanying the image says «revenge is inevitable.»
- The image also features remarks Khamenei made in December warning that those responsible for the death of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani will pay.
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Iran’s supreme leader posted a threatening image on his official website aimed at former President Donald Trump, whom he holds responsible for the killing of a top Iranian general.
The image, which appears on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s official website this week, shows the ominous shadow of an unidentifiable aircraft approaching Trump on the golf course, where the former president actually spent his first day out of the White House.
The picture is accompanied by the words: «revenge is inevitable.»
The image also includes remarks from December warning that those responsible for the death of former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Maj. Qen. Qassem Soleimani will pay.
«Soleimani’s murderers and those who ordered his murder must face revenge,» he said on Dec. 16. «Both the murderers and those who ordered it should know that revenge may come at any time.»
The image carried on Khamenei’s official site was also shared by Iranian media, such as Tasnim News Agency, which is said to have ties to the IRGC. Tasnim’s tweet has since been deleted.
Reuters reports that the image was briefly featured on Khamenei’s official Persian-language Twitter account before it was deleted. Twitter suspended an account thought to belong to Khamenei (he has previously retweeted it) for posting the image. Twitter told Reuters that this was a fake account and wasn’t one of Khamenei’s accounts.
The message is still clearly supported by Khamenei though.
In early January last year, the US military acting on the orders of then-President Trump conducted a drone strike in Baghdad that killed Soleimani as punishment for past actions against US military and civilian personnel, as well as deterrence for planned future actions.
«At my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number-one terrorist anywhere in the world, Qasem Soleimani,» Trump said in a statement following the strike.
In response to the death of one of Iran’s most notorious military leaders, Iranian forces launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at US and coalition forces. As no one was killed in the attack, tensions between the US and Iran did not escalate further.
There were concerns, though, that Iran might move to take retaliatory action on the anniversary of the assassination. As a deterrent, the US military positioned heavily-armed naval assets in the Persian Gulf and regularly flew bombers through the area.
There was no aggressive action taken on either side as the anniversary passed.
Correction: An earlier version of this article, which cited wire reports, incorrectly stated that Twitter suspended the account of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after posting an offending image. Twitter says it suspended a fake account that resembled one of Khamenei’s accounts.