Iran: Islamic revolution’s 40th anniversary commemorated, crowds chant ‘Death to America’

Leroy Wright
February 12, 2019

Despite Iran's efforts to hide the facility, Israel has nevertheless discovered, tracked and uncovered it, the network said, as part of its effort to thwart Iran's military entrenchment in Syria. "But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", Javani told the state news agency IRNA.

Trump´s chief foreign policy adviser said on Monday the Islamic revolution inflicted four decades of "failure and broken promises" on the country.

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranians are pouring out onto the streets of Tehran and other cities and towns across the country, marking the date 40 years ago that's considered victory day in the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iranian state TV, which said millions participated in the celebrations, ran archive footage of the days of the uprising and played revolutionary songs.

Large crowds were seen burning American flags and chanting "Death to Israel, Death to America" in Azadi Square in Tehran today.

There's also a huge display of domestically-developed military equipment, including drones, missiles, bombs, and weapons.

Iranians visit a weaponry and military equipment exhibition in the capital Tehran on Febraury 2, 2019, organized on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. 40 years of repression. "Now it´s up to the Iranian regime to change its behavior, & ultimately up to the Iranian people to determine the direction of their country", John Bolton tweeted.

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Pictures on social media showed some people also demonstrating against corruption, unemployment and high prices.

The event Monday is the culmination of official celebrations called the "10 Day Dawn" that mark the period between February 1, 1979 and February 11 when the revolution's leader Khomeini returned from exile and toppled the monarchy.

This year's celebrations come amid heightened tensions with the United States, which last year withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers and reimposed tough sanctions on the Iranian economy.

In January, Mr Rouhani said Iran was facing its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled.

Washington and its Arab allies have viewed Iran with great suspicion since the Islamic Revolution, fearing Khomeini's radical ideology would inspire militants across the Middle East.

Today, Iran enjoys 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 the allegations. "They must leave the region", said Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Tehran would not withdraw forces from the region, dismissing US calls for Iranian clout to be curbed.

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