- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
Though it’s hard to tell what’s going on in the video above, apparently it’s footage of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad getting a shoe thrown at him outside Cairo’s al-Hussein mosque.
RT, citing Turkey’s Anatolia news agency, reports that the alleged shoer was a Syrian who has been taken into custody:
The attacker, who attempted to hit President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as he left a mosque, is reported to be a young man with “a Syrian accent”. Egyptian security forces managed to seize and arrest the man following the incident.
The attacker was heard chanting anti-Iranian slogans for supporting the Syrian government, the news agency noted.
This may not be be Iranian leader’s first time getting hit with a shoe — the gesture of protest made famous by Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi in 2008. An Iranian website reported in 2009 that Ahmadinejad had a shoe and a hat thrown at him while campaigning in the city of Urmia. There were no videos or images of that incident.