Breaking: Iran state news agency reports its president in helicopter crash in remote area

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Iran President Raisi. Photo credit: Islamic Republic News Agency

Editor’s note: The report does not include whether Raisi has died.

According to the Islamic Republic News Agency, a state-run media outlet, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has been in a helicopter crash in a rugged, hard-to-reach northwest region of the country.

President Raisi was returning from a ceremony to celebrate a dam opening on the border with Azerbaijan when the helicopter crashed in the Varzaqan region on Sunday, the news agency said.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, Governor of East Azarbaijan Province Malek Rahmati, and other leaders were also reported to have been on board the helicopter, the IRNA said.

Fog and difficult terrain has reportedly hampered the search and recovery efforts.

Iran has been funding Hamas terrorists in Gaza, prolonging the war that Israel is fighting against terrorism in its borders, which began when Hamas kidnapped and killed Israelis during a raid on Oct. 7, 2023. Terrorists are still holding over 130 Jewish men, women, and children in what has been seen as the worst event in Israel’s history and the most horrific attack on Jewish people since the Holocaust.

The U.S. Department of Treasury says that Iranian support, much of it through its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has enabled Hamas’s and associated terrorist activities. This includes the transfer of hundreds of millions of dollars in financial assistance and the furnishing of both weapons and operational training. Raisi is known by the international community as having committed crimes against humanity.

Raisi, who was an Islamic jurist, ran for president in 2017 but lost to moderate incumbent president Hassan Rouhani. Raisi ran for president again in 2021 and won. Wikipedia names him as one of four people on the “prosecution committee” responsible for the execution of thousands of political prisoners in Iran in 1988. Raisi has been sanctioned by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control in accordance with Executive Order 13876 by Donald Trump.

Raisi, 63, is a protégé of Ali Khamenei, who is considered the most powerful political authority in the Islamic Republic.

25 COMMENTS

  1. Am I supposed to care? Other than to think it’s a good start?

    Wonder if his sugar daddy, Grandpa Bloodstains, will attend the funeral?

  2. Surly the US was not behind this helicopter crash. Surely it wasn’t a US special operations that shot down this helicopter.

    • Naw, flying in fog. Same thing that got Kobe killed. MFWIC says fly, so the pilot flies thru terrible weather. Usually a bad lifestyle choice. We will hope the deceased enjoy their 72 raisins. Cheers –

  3. I have said it before and I will say it again now…The Lord works in mysterious ways!!!

  4. Precarious situation regardless of the outcome. If he’s dead Israel and the west will get the blame. If he’s alive, praise allah momentum

  5. Looks like his helicopter was a souped up UH-1H Huey twin engine, maybe a Bell 412? Wonder if in his last few moments of his hateful existence if he pondered that he was dying in an American plane?

  6. I tried 3 times to post a bible verse about God protecting Israel.
    Do you have a filter that doesn’t allow Bible verses Suzanne?
    Just wondering

  7. The wreck was caused by the aircraft trying to take off hooked to a sling with a pallet of cash.

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