An Iranian general posted a photo containing an apparent threat to the United States on social media.
A general of special forces unit in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) known as Qassem Soleimani released a photo last month to his Instagram account showing the White House exploding, as Memri Cyber & Jihad Lab reported on Tuesday.
In the photo Soleimani can be seen holding a walkie-talkie in front of the White House while it explodes. A caption included in the photo read: “We will crush the USA under our feet.”
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Soleimani has sent threatening remarks against the United States, and was strongly correlated with an assassination conspiracy against Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. His Instagram profile is full of frequent post containing threatening remarks against the U.S.
Soleimani and his Quds Force are on a blacklist of the United Nations, as they are viewed with suspicion and are also subjected to sanctions from the U.S. due to being supportive to terrorism, and Soleimani’s individual classification as a terrorist.
On July 30, a photo was posted depicting Soleimani speaking before a podium, accompanied by the caption: “Mr. Trump, the Gambler! Don’t threaten our lives! You are well aware of our power and capabilities in the region. You know how powerful we are in asymmetrical warfare.”
In a response to a tweet President Trump made in July about Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Soleimani, the statement read: “Know that we are near you, in places that don’t come to your mind. We are near you in places that you can’t even imagine. We are a nation of martyrdom… You know that a war would mean the loss of all your capabilities. You may start the war, but we will be the ones to determine its end.”
U.S. Central Command General Joseph Votel described Soleimani as“an individual who is executing a lot of Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region,” according to an Asharq Al-Awsat reporton Tuesday.
On Sunday, Votel said on Twitter: “It is clear to me that Qasem Soleimani and the IRGC Quds Force is at the heart of an expensive and expansive campaign of malign activity in the region, including in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain and Yemen. … Those malign and destabilizing activities threaten regional security and stability and are not in the best interest of the Iranian people.”
Those malign and destabilizing activities threaten regional security and stability and are not in the best interest of the Iranian people.” – General Votel
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) August 12, 2018
Some of Soleimani’s threats emerge from the intense hostility against the U.S. following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, as well sanctioning Iran people due to their nuclear activities. President Trump and Iranian President Rouhani exchanged a series at one another in recent months.