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Who died alongside Iran’s President Raisi in the helicopter crash?

President Ebrahim Raisi, his foreign minister, and other senior officials are confirmed to have died in a helicopter crash after a long overnight search in dense fog and snow in the mountainous terrain of Iran’s rugged East Azerbaijan province. Their bodies were found on Monday morning, some hours after their chopper crashed, state media reported. The accident challenges the country’s senior leadership, with Iran in the midst of heightened regional and global tensions centred on the war in Gaza. The 63-year-old Iranian leader was long viewed as the next-in-line to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s highest authority. Raisi was a hardline religious conservative with deep ties to Iran’s judiciary and religious elite. While in his early 20s, he was appointed prosecutor in several cities until he landed a post in the capital of Tehran to work as a deputy prosecutor in 1989. His first attempt at winning the presidency in 2017 failed, but he eventually succeeded in 2021. Raisi had risen through the ranks over the years, in 2016 becoming chairman of the Astan Quds Razavi (AQR), the biggest religious endowment in Mashhad, which cemented his status in Iran’s establishment. The AQR is a colossal bonyad, or charitable trust, that has billions of dollars in assets and is the custodian of the shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia imam. But the most recent Iranian president has faced controversy over the years.In 1988, he was part of a committee overseeing a series of executions of political prisoners. That made him unpopular among the Iranian opposition and led to the US imposing sanctions on him. Aljazeera

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.