Iranians Mark 40th Anniversary of Islamic Revolution

A big flag of Iran waving in the wind in Tehran

On Feb. 11 that year, Iran's military stood down after days of street battles, allowing the revolutionaries to sweep across the country while the government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi resigned.

Soldiers, students, clerics and black-clad women holding small children thronged streets across Iran, many carrying portraits of Khomeini, who died in 1989, and Iran's current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iranians were also pictured burning numerous American flags as they celebrated the landmark anniversary in the country's capital. As The Times of Israel notes, "t$3 op political and military leaders in Iran regularly call for Israel's annihilation", so Javani's paean to his regime's genocidal ambitions is not at all unprecedented.

"After 40 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to fulfill its promises to uphold and safeguard the rights of its citizens", Bolton tweeted Monday morning.

The large turnout in state-sponsored rallies came as Iranians face mounting economic hardships following the return of USA sanctions previous year.

"At the revolution's 40 anniversary we are on top of scientific achievements like nanotechnology or accurate missiles", he said.

Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution initially inspired both Islamic militants and Islamists across the Mideast.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday laid historical claims to a number of Arabian Gulf countries without naming them.

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This year's anniversary comes as tensions rise with the United States and Iran grapples with the aftermath of President Donald Trump's pullout last May from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and tough US economic sanctions, re-imposed in November.

"I bow in admiration to Iran's resilient people who - despite hardships and grievances - today poured into streets by the millions to mark 40th anniv of their Islamic Revolution, which some in the United States wished would never come", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

"Today we are the target of a psychological and economic war", he said, the news outlet reported. But he remained defiant as Iranians recalled the end of a monarch who catered to the rich and unleashed secret police on dissenters. "We will not let America become victorious." he said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the threat.

"If this regime makes the bad mistake of trying to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa, it will not succeed", the Israeli leader said.

Today, Iran enjoys growing influence through proxies in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen, raising concerns in Sunni Saudi Arabia, which accuses its rival of trying to dominate the Middle East. Tehran denies that.

Elsewhere, the head of the elite Quds Force of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, attended the rally in the southern city of Kerman.

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