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On August 12, 2022, "Sabereen News For Studies And Security Analysis," a Telegram channel affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq, celebrated the assailant who stabbed British author Salman Rushdie during an event at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.
Rushdie's work earned him death threats in the 1980s, when the Iranian government banned his novel "The Satanic Verses," considering it blasphemous for containing mocking references to the Prophet Muhammad . On February 14, 1989, Iran's then Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa (Islamic verdict), calling on Muslims to kill Rushdie.
Following the stabbing, the Telegram channel shared a photo showing the handcuffed assailant being arrested by police. The channel described the stabber as "the executor of Sayyd Khomeini's fatwa."
Some years ago in the UK, the channel claimed, a Lebanese man attempted to kill Rushdie, using an IED which instead killed only him. The channel shared a photo of the man, praying for Allah to grant him mercy.
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