Iran's supreme leader posts threatening image with the words 'revenge is inevitable' and an ominous aircraft flying over a golfing Trump

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Donald Trump golfing at Trump International Golf Links course in Aberdeenshire, Scotland
President Donald Trump at Trump International Golf Links in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Photo by Andy Buchanan / AFP
  • Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, posted a threatening image online directed at Trump.

  • The image on his website shows the shadow of an unidentifiable aircraft flying over Trump while he is golfing, with text saying "revenge is inevitable."

  • The image also features remarks Khamenei made in December saying those responsible for the death of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani would pay.

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Iran's supreme leader posted a threatening image on his official website directed at former President Donald Trump, whom he apparently holds responsible for the killing of a top Iranian general.

The image, which appeared on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's official website this week, shows the ominous shadow of an unidentifiable aircraft approaching Trump on the golf course. The former president actually spent his first day out of the White House at a Trump golf course in Florida.

The picture is accompanied by the words: "Revenge is inevitable."

The image also includes the leader's remarks from December saying that those responsible for the death of former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani will pay.

"Soleimani's murderers and those who ordered his murder must face revenge," he said on December 16. "Both the murderers and those who ordered it should know that revenge may come at any time."

The image carried on Khamenei's official site was also shared by Iranian media, such as Tasnim News Agency, which is said to have ties to the IRGC. Tasnim's tweet has since been deleted.

A since-deleted tweet from Iran's Tasnim News Agency
A since deleted tweet from Iran's Tasnim News Agency. Screenshot/Twitter

Reuters reported the image was briefly featured on Khamenei's official Persian-language Twitter account before it was deleted. Twitter suspended an account thought to belong to Khamenei that posted the image, but the social media giant told Reuters that this was a fake account and wasn't one of Khamenei's accounts, all of which remain active.

But the message is still clearly supported by Khamenei given the prominent display on his official website.

In January last year, the US military acting on the orders of Trump conducted a drone strike in Baghdad that killed Soleimani as punishment for past actions against US military and civilian personnel, as well as deterrence for planned actions.

"At my direction, the United States military successfully executed a flawless precision strike that killed the number-one terrorist anywhere in the world, Qasem Soleimani," Trump said in a statement following the strike.

In response to the death of one of Iran's most famous military leaders, Iranian forces launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at US and coalition forces. As no one was killed in the attack, tensions between the US and Iran did not escalate further.

But, there were concerns that Iran might move to take retaliatory action on the anniversary of the assassination. As a deterrent, the US military positioned heavily armed naval assets in the Persian Gulf and regularly flew bombers through the area.

There was no aggressive action taken on either side as the anniversary passed.

Correction: An earlier version of this article, which cited wire reports, incorrectly said Twitter suspended the account of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, after he posted an offending image. Twitter said it suspended a fake account that resembled one of Khamenei's accounts.

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