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Iranian MP Questions Military Readiness After Helicopter Crash Kills Raisi

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Fada Hossein Maleki, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security Commission, has voiced concerns over the Iranian military’s preparedness following a helicopter crash that killed President Ebrahim Raisi. 

In an interview with Ruydad24, Maleki pointed out the military’s failure to equip its forces with modern technology such as night vision drones and questioned the decision to use an outdated helicopter for a mission of such importance.

The crash, which occurred under harsh weather conditions in northwest Iran, also resulted in the deaths of Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and six other individuals. The incident has ignited speculation and suspicion among the Iranian public, with some suggesting that the crash may have been a targeted killing.

Maleki emphasized the urgency of conducting an investigation into the crash, cautioning against premature conclusions while the General Staff of the Armed Forces carries out its inquiry. 

“There are rumors among some people that there was an operation intended to kill President Raisi and his companions. It is crucial that no speculation is made until a report is provided,” he stated.

Highlighting further negligence, Maleki added that the lack of essential modern equipment and the use of a helicopter that was decades old are matters currently under review by a designated committee. 

The Sunday incident has not only exposed potential lapses in military protocol but also raised questions about the overall accountability and efficiency of Iran’s armed forces.