Israeli intelligence helped United States eliminate Soleimani, NBC reports

Elias Hubbard
January 13, 2020

A Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement: "We have seen the report of a January 2 airstrike in Yemen, which is long understood as a safe space for terrorists and other adversaries to the United States".

Instagram is one of the few western social media sites that are not blocked in Iran.

While Facebook was acting as "thought police" on behalf of the United States government, Washington has been championing free speech and warning Tehran government against restricting Iranian people's internet access.

Taking to Twitter, Iran's government spokesperson Ali Rabiei called Instagram's actions "undemocratic" and "unashamed". In its letter to Instagram, the AoIJ Teheran noted that numerous Iranian state media accounts had been removed and 15 journalists had been censored recently, which goes against and freedom of speech principles.

Iranian soccer player Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who has a verified Instagram account, posted a photo of Soleimani after his death. It goes back to the U.S. government designating Soleimani, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that he commanded, as a "terrorist organization".

Last week, Soleimani, along with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of an Iraqi Shia militia group, was among those killed in the USA drone attack near the Baghdad International Airport.

According to the report, an investigation into the drone strike is being led by Falih al-Fayadh, who is Iraq's National Security Adviser and head of the PMF, which organizes Shi'ite militias backed by Iran.

Facebook, which Instagram owns, states that it keeps the US sanctions on Iran by removing the posts and accounts.

As for posts made by users, that are now being removed, Facebook said they could contest the decisions by filing appeals.

CNN Business has reached out to Twitter and Google for comment to ask how they handle content related to people sanctioned by the U.S. government.

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