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Iranian Shia cleric that founded Hezbollah dies of COVID-19.

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The Iranian Shia cleric that founded the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, died Monday of COVID-19 at the age of 74. According to IRNA news agency he died at a hospital in north Tehran.

The Shia cleric is a close friend of Iran’s late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In the 1970s he formed an alliance with muslim terror groups across the Mideast. In later years he formed part of a movement that promoted a change of the Islamic Republic’s theocracy.

United States considers Hezbollah as a terrorist group, and is known that Iran heavily funds Hezbollah’s operations. US blames Hezbollah in the 1983 bombing of the US embassy in Beirut that killed 63 people. The terrorist group was created just a year before, during the invasion of Lebanon in 1982 by Israeli forces. The Shia cleric have always worked in conbating Israel as he always believed in liberating Jerusalem from Israel. He served as Iranian’s interior minister serving as a hard-line lawmaker before joining reformists in 2009.

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