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President Raisi Dies In Helicopter Crash Near Azerbaijan

by Oui Sun May 19th, 2024 at 05:00:12 PM EST

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Crash site - no survivors - all presumed dead

All passengers and the crew of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter died in the crash, head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society Pir Hossein Kolivand announced.

"No signs of life have been found after the discovery of the crashed helicopter location," he said on IRIB TV channel.

The helicopter also carried Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Governor of the East Azerbaijan Province Malek Rakhmati and Tabriz Imam of Friday Prayer Mohammad Ali Ale-Hashem.

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Following breaking news from sources covering Iran .. TRT World and Al Jazeera.

Latest developments: some reports claim there have been contacts with two passengers who were on board the presidential helicopter.

Messages are just as foggy as the surroundings of the search location 😕

First reports from Iran was a convoy of three helicopters returned from visit of dam near border with Azerbaijan. One made a hard landing in an emergency due to serious bad weather. Mountainous region cannot be reached by road due to bad weather, fog and near darkness.

Quickly the narrative changed to helicopter accident, and latest the official used the term a crash. Fearing the worst outcome. Another 12 hours before more clarity.

The accident for the president's helicopter in East Azerbaijan | Irib News |

The helicopter carrying the president had an accident on the way back from Godafarin to Tabriz due to weather conditions.


Worldwide reactions mount over Iranian president's helicopter crash

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Tail rotor failure analysis as helicopter broke in two pieces: Kyle Bailey NJ. The poor weather situation likely major cause of crash, even turbulence causing the two-blade main rotors to hit tail rotor made helicopter uncontrollable.

Poor weather conditions similar to Kobe Bryant crash.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 05:50:35 AM EST
by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 05:58:24 AM EST
 

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 20th, 2024 at 06:08:12 AM EST
Department Press Briefing - May 20, 2024
QUESTION: Thank you. I know you extended official condolences of the U.S. for the death of Iran's president and foreign minister over the weekend. The U.S. also participated in a moment of silence for President Raisi at the UN Security Council, and it sparked some controversy on Twitter. Does the State Department view that as appropriate, taking part in that kind of observance?
MILLER: Let me say a few things. One, we have been quite clear that Ebrahim Raisi was a brutal participant in the repression of the Iranian people for nearly four decades. He was involved in numerous horrific human rights abuses, including playing a key role in the extrajudicial killing of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. Some of the worst human rights abuses occurred during his tenure as president, especially the human rights abuses against the women and girls of Iran.

That said, we regret any loss of life. We don't want to see anyone die in a helicopter crash. But that doesn't change the reality of his record both as a judge and as the president of Iran and the fact that he has blood on his hands. So, I think, most importantly, our fundamental approach to Iran has not changed and will not change. We will continue to support the people of Iran, to defend their human rights, their aspirations to an open, free society and democratic participation. And we will continue to confront the Iranian regime's support for terrorism, its proliferation of dangerous weapons, and its advancement of nuclear—its nuclear program in ways that have no credible civilian purpose.
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QUESTION: All right. And then can I just ask you about the statement? What exactly is official condolences?
MILLER: It's the condolences on behalf of the United States Government.
QUESTION: Well, then why doesn't it say that? This is like official condolences means absolutely nothing, and I'm not even sure why you're offering condolences if this guy was as bad as you say he was.
MILLER: Look—
QUESTION: Why? I mean—
MILLER: Because we regret any loss of life. We don't want to see people die in helicopter crashes. It doesn't change our view of him, our view of the regime. But I'll say that there are—there are—
QUESTION: Really? There is not one person that you can think of that the United States didn't want to see in an air accident, ever? Really, none?
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QUESTION: Thank you, Matt. Do you have any reactions and comments on the former Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as he said that—he claims that the U.S. is one of the main responsible for the Iranian president helicopter crash due to the sanctions?
MILLER: So, first of all, we are not going to apologize for our sanctions regime at all. The Iranian Government has used its aircraft to transport equipment to support terrorism. So, we will continue to fully enforce our sanctions regime, including our sanctions regimes on aircraft for use by the Iranian Government. Ultimately, it's the Iranian Government that is responsible for the decision to fly a 45-year-old helicopter in what was described as poor weather conditions, not any other actor.

omitted here, a discursion into the merits and composition of "official condolences".
by Cat on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 01:55:22 PM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 09:00:55 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 09:05:27 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 09:07:41 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 10:40:59 PM EST


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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 10:41:44 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 10:42:46 PM EST
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After 35 Years, Iran Liquidates MKO Terrorist near Amsterdam | 10 Aug 2018 |

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Why events in Iran 40 years ago matter - BBC News

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Tehran was still under the shock of the attempt assassination when MKO stroke the successive terrorist blow the day after on June 28. Reportedly, two blasts ripped through Islamic Republican Party (IRP) building as the chief Ayatollah Beheshti was addressing his regular weekly meeting [NYT].

The death toll rose to 74 including Ayatollah Beheshti, Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and members of Parliament. The perpetrator was identified to be an infiltrated agent of MKO, Muhammad-Reza Kulahi.

In 2018, it was revealed that Kulahi had been living in the Netherlands as a refugee under the false identity of Ali Motamed.



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by Oui (Oui) on Tue May 21st, 2024 at 10:43:45 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 23rd, 2024 at 08:24:40 PM EST
Typical comment from readers added by Elon Musk's  X

Iran is ranked 149 out of 180 countries on corruption.
Only 31 countries are more corrupt than Iran.

Let's take a look at the region ravished by the West's War on Terror and NATO wars of choice ...

      Armenia - 62
      Azerbaijan - 154
      Georgia - 49
      Romania - 63
      Ukraine - 104
      Iran - 149
      Pakistan - 133
      Kazakhstan - 93
      Turkmenistan - 170
      Uzbekistan - 121
      Bahrain - 76
      Egypt - 108
      Libya - 170
      Mali - 136
      Nigeria - 145
      Somalia - 180
      Sudan - 162
      Yemen - 176

As the saying goes ... bombing the nation back to the Stone Age ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu May 23rd, 2024 at 08:27:05 PM EST
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