'Good Riddance': US Lawmaker Says Iran Will Blame Israel For Raisi's Chopper Incident

Florida Republican Michael Waltz on Sunday reacted to Iran President Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter 'hard-landing' by saying it is 'good riddance'. In a post on X, platform formerly known as Twitter, the 50-year-old went on to call the Iranian leader a 'murderous human rights abuser'. Waltz added that Iran will accuse Israel and the United States of 'assassination'.
Iran President Ebrahim Raisi

Iran President Ebrahim Raisi

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Florida Republican Michael Waltz on Sunday reacted to Iran President Ebrahim Raisi's helicopter 'hard-landing' by saying it is 'good riddance'. In a post on X, platform formerly known as Twitter, the 50-year-old went on to call the Iranian leader a 'murderous human rights abuser'. Waltz added that Iran will accuse Israel and the United States of 'assassination'.
"Good riddance. Raisi was a murderous human rights abuser before and during his Presidency. But look for the Iranian regime to blame Israel and the U.S. for an assassination as another excuse to support terrorism," the Florida lawmaker said in a social media post.

The Context: Ebrahim Raisi's Helicopter Incident

Following a "hard landing" on Sunday by one of the helicopters in a convoy transporting Iran's president, Ebrahim Raisi, Iranian state media reported that a rescue mission was launched in the highlands near the Iranian-Azerbaijani border. So far, this is what we know.
Iranian official television referred to the event, which involved one helicopter out of a convoy of three, as an accident, according to The Guardian.
An unnamed Iranian official told Reuters that the lives of the president and his foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, were “at risk” after a “crash” as it was crossing mountain terrain in heavy fog.
The Red Crescent reported three rescue workers missing, but they were eventually found. They had been searching for the downed chopper. According to a spokesman, the search and rescue operation will decrease because additional rain is predicted and the weather is predicted to turn "severely cold" shortly.
While traveling, Raisi was in the province of East Azerbaijan, Iran. The location of the helicopter mishap was identified by State TV as being close to Jolfa, a city on the Azerbaijani border.
Earlier on Sunday, the president visited Azerbaijan to officially open a dam alongside President Ilham Aliyev. This is the third dam the two countries have constructed on the Aras River.
The Guardian wrote that according to state TV, Iran's army chief of staff declared that all army resources would be allocated to the search and rescue efforts. It added that Maj Gen Mohammad Bagheri has also instructed guards to assist with the search.
Iraq has directed the Red Crescent, the interior ministry, and other pertinent organizations to lend support to Iran's neighbor and help with the search.
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