Beirut / Tehran — Iran issued a stamp Monday in commemoration of a top Hezbollah commander wanted by the U.S. who was killed in a car bombing in Syria last month, the official news agency IRNA reported.
The stamp, which features a smiling picture of Imad Mughniyeh wearing a military uniform, was unveiled at a ceremony attended by Iran's minister of post and communication, Mohammad Soleimani, and Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, former chief of the country's elite Revolutionary Guards, according to the report.
The Lebanon-based extremist group Hezbollah and Iran, its main backer, blamed Mughniyeh's assassination on Israel, which denied any role.
Mughniyeh was one of the world's most feared terror masterminds, accused of killing hundreds of Americans in suicide bombings in Lebanon the 1980s. He was also blamed for taking Westerners hostage and the 1985 hijacking of a TWA airliner in which a U.S. Navy diver was killed.
In the 1990s, he went into hiding, and Western and Israeli intelligence accuse him of planning suicide bombings against the Israeli Embassy and a Jewish cultural center in Argentina that killed over 100 people. Over the past 15 years, he is believed to have moved in secret between Lebanon, Iran and Syria.
Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi
The Zionist regime should take seriously the brave and wise remarks of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Leader of the Hizbollah movement of Lebanon, a senior advisor to the Supreme Leader of Iran said on Monday.
Rahim Safavi made the remark at the ceremony marking the release of the commemorating stamp of Mughniyeh, adding that the Zionists should believe in what the late Imam Khomeini and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said to the effect that the time of the Zionists is over.
Safavi, who is the Supreme Leader's top advisor on armed forces affairs, expressed hope that Muslim governments and nations will help the oppressed Palestinians in confronting the brutal Zionist regime.
"I wish leaders of certain Arab states would decide to shut down Israeli embassies and sever diplomatic ties with the fake regime," he said, adding, "I wish other Islamic and Arab nations would hold a protest rally just like Iranians to show their anger at the US and the Zionist regime."
Postage stamps featuring a picture of Hezbollah top commander Imad Mughniyeh are seen on display in Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 10, 2008. Iran's postal service issued a stamp Monday in commemoration of Mughniyeh, who was killed in a car bombing in Syria last month. Mughniyeh was one of the world's most feared terror masterminds, accused of killing hundreds of Americans in suicide bombings in Lebanon the 1980s
Former Iranian Revolutionary Guards chief Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, who is a top adviser to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, stamps newly issued stamps with picture of Hezbollah's top commander Imad Mughniyeh, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, March 10, 2008
Sources: AP, Ya Libnan
Tags: Hezbollah, Imad Mughaniyah, Iran, Israel, Stamp, Terrorism