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Iranians burn Israel and US flags, Trump and Biden photos after scientist killed

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Students in the Iranian capital Tehran burned Israeli and American flags on Saturday to protest the assassination of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which Iran has blamed on Israel.

The students, who demonstrated outside Iran’s foreign ministry, also burned photos of US President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden, according to photos from AFP.

The French news agency identified the students as members of the Basij, the paramilitary unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Fakrizadeh was a senior officer in the IRGC.

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Small protests were also reported in the cities of Mashhad and Qom, where pictures published by the semi-official ISNA news agency showed demonstrators also burning flags.

A hardline student group issued a statement calling for inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency to be ejected from the country, denouncing them as “spies,” the Tasnim news agency said.

The Union of Islamic Student Societies also reportedly called to boycott negotiations with Western powers until those behind the attack stand trial, and demanded a military response to the assassinations of Fakhrizadeh and Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the IRGC’s Quds Force who was killed in a US drone strike in January. Students of........

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