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November 22, 2015 12:18 am

Iranian Military Simulates Capture of Al Aqsa Mosque From Israel

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Temple Mount. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Temple Mount. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Thousands of paramilitary forces from the country’s powerful Revolutionary Guard have held a war game simulating the capture of Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque from Israeli control.

Iran’s state media reported Saturday that the forces stormed and “liberated” a replica of the mosque in the exercise. They say that 120 brigades from the Basij, the paramilitary unit of the Guard, participated in Friday’s exercise outside the holy city of Qom in central Iran.

Read full story at The Associated Press. 

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  • Florres

    America’s best friend.

  • shloime

    this story is remarkably inaccurate, even for ap.

    aside from the iranians’ laughable mistake of confusing the dome of the rock for al-aqsa, it also talks of liberating the temple mount from israeli control. except that it’s actually under the control of the moslem waqf, which is why jews are forcibly prevented from praying there, a fact that neither the iranians nor the associated press cared to mention.

    and perhaps the biggest mistake is to call it the “third holiest site in islam”, because it is not. moslem scholars point out that the real al-aqsa is in arabia, and the claim that al-aqsa was in jerusalem (which is never mentioned in the entire koran) was only made long after mohammed’s death. (iranian interest is less than 50 years old, originating in khomeinism.)

    it’s disappointing to see how much currency such a false claim, repeated often enough, has acquired, especially among the mainstream media. to simply copy it in blindly is lazy journalism.

    • Florres

      great comment