Ahmadinejad attacked with shoe in Cairo [VIDEO]

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   Feb. 5, 2013 at 4:05 PM
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was outside a mosque in Cairo Tuesday when a young man, reportedly with a "Syrian accent," threw a shoe at the controversial leader's face. According to Turkish news agency Anadolu, the shoe-thrower accused Ahmadinejad of "killing his brothers." Ahmadinejad has supported Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's fight against rebel opposition.

Egyptian security immediately arrested the man.

You can just barely make out the man throwing the shoe on the left side of the video below (mark 0:13), later shown in slow motion.

As you may remember, a protester famously hurled his shoe at former President George W. Bush during a visit to Iraq.

"Around the Arab world, if you want to escalate a situation, by saying for example 'I'm going to thump you,' the BBC's Martin Asser wrote at the time, "Add the words 'with a shoe' and you're adding serious insult to the threat of possible injury."

Ahmadinejad, who recently announced that he's "ready" for a trip to space, was in Egypt for an Islamic summit.

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