By Abba Gwale
Twitter has suspended the account of Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme leader of Iran, over a post of photomontage of erstwhile US President, Donald Trump, playing golf under the shadow of a warplane alongside a pledge to avenge a deadly 2020 drone strike he ordered.
The post on the Khamenei’s officeTwitter account late Thursday warned there was no escape from payback for the US strike outside Baghdad airport which killed Iran’s foreign military operations chief General Qassem Soleimani and his Iraqi lieutenant.
“Revenge is inevitable. Soleimani’s killer and the man who gave the orders must face vengeance,” it said.
“Revenge can take place at any moment.”
But by Friday morning Twitter had suspended the account. However, Khamenei’s office runs several accounts and the others were still working, including his main personal account, which he regularly uses to call for the destruction of the Jewish state.
Trump left office on Wednesday and flew straight to his Mar-a-Lago golf club in Florida, without attending the inauguration of his successor US President Joe Biden.
Iranian officials have pledged repeatedly that Soleimani’s death will be avenged.
Earlier this month, on the first anniversary of his killing, judiciary chief of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi warned that not even Trump was “immune from justice” and that Soleimani’s killers would “not be safe anywhere in the world.”
Soleimani was the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’s powerful Quds Force, which has been designated a terrorist organization and accused of aiding Shiite forces that killed thousands of American troops in Iraq. He also backed Shiite terror groups like Hezbollah and forces fighting in Syria and Yemen.
Twitter’s move against Khamenei comes after it suspended Trump’s account following the storming of the US Capitol at the time when US Congress meeting to confirm Biden as the winner of November 3rd elections.
The social platform had been under growing pressure to take further action against Trump following the January 6 deadly insurrection.
Twitter initially suspended Trump’s account for 12 hours after he posted a video that repeated false claims about election fraud and praised the rioters who stormed the Capitol.