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Iranian Cleric Who Founded Hezbollah Dies

An Iranian cleric who helped found Hezbollah as Iran’s ambassador to Syria has died at 74.

Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour died of the coronavirus, reported the Associated Press.

Mohtashamipour was reportedly a close confidant of Iran’s late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In the 1970s, he made inroads with terrorist groups across the Middle East.

After Iran’s Islamic Revolution, Mohtashamipour was one of the founders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Later, as ambassador to Syria, he brought in the Revolutionary Guard to help with the formation of Hezbollah. (INN / VFI News)

“God, we ask that this be an opportunity for a measure of hate to be eliminated from the world, and for peace to follow.”