WARNING: Contains graphic footage that some may find disturbing.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps — a designated terrorist organization which is also branch of the Iranian armed forces — neither forgives nor forgets, apparently.
In January 2020, you may recall, the IRGC made headlines because then-President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike that killed the head of the organization, Maj. Gen. Kasem Soleimani, in Iraq. This led to threats of escalation and the accidental shootdown of a airliner by Iranian forces. The Trump administration still refused to budge.
Now, in a new video released on the social media service Telegram, channel admins have threatened to kill both former President Trump and other top U.S. defense officials by any means necessary.
The video was first reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.
“On January 9, 2023, the IRGC-affiliated ‘SEPAHCYBERY’ Telegram channel published an animated video depicting an evidence board with photos of former U.S. President Donald Trump and several top U.S. defense officials,” their report stated.
“The video also featured footage of these officials, images of various weapons (including guns, explosives and poison), footage and images from crime scenes, and a caption that reads: ‘The perpetrators of general Soleimani martyrdom will be punished for their actions. We will determine how and when to punish. Coming soon …’ The video ends with an image of the IRGC’s logo and the IRGC’s official Telegram handle.
“The U.S. officials shown on the evidence board are: former National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien; Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley; former NSC MENA affairs director Robert Greenway; U.S. Cyber Command Commander Gen. Paul Nakasone; former Deputy National Security Advisor for MENA Affairs Victoria Coates; former Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger; Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Vice Admiral Frank Whitworth; Joint Chiefs of Staff director Lt. Gen. Andrew Poppas; and former U.S. CENTCOM commander Gen. Kenneth McKenzie.”
The video is almost two minutes long, includes disturbing imagery.