Iranian President’s Helicopter Endures ‘Crash’ According to State TV

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was involved in a helicopter crash on Sunday, with the weather complicating rescue efforts. The condition of Raisi and others on board was unclear, as harsh weather conditions and heavy fog were hindering rescue teams from reaching the crash site.

Raisi, along with Iran’s foreign minister and other officials, were returning from the border with Azerbaijan where they were inaugurating a dam. The incident occurred near the village of Uzi, with conflicting reports about the exact location.

The Qiz Qalasi Dam, jointly built by Iran and Azerbaijan, took almost two decades to complete. International sanctions have made it difficult for Iran to acquire the necessary helicopter parts, with most military helicopters dating back to before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Raisi, who is under U.S. sanctions for his involvement in mass executions in 1988, was re-elected in 2021 with the lowest voter turnout in the country’s history. As a hard-liner and a protégé of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Raisi is seen as being answerable to Ayatollah Khamenei.

Raisi’s presidency has been marked by a crackdown on protests and a more aggressive foreign policy. Under his leadership, Iran has enriched uranium to near weapons-grade levels and has engaged in conflicts in Ukraine and Israel. The country has also continued to support proxy groups in the Middle East.

The crash is a developing story, with updates expected as rescue efforts continue. Stay tuned for more information on this incident involving the Iranian president.

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