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Iran marks 25th anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini's death, knocks U.S.
Iran marks 25th anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini's death, knocks U.S.

Iran's top cleric commemorated the 25th anniversary of the death of his predecessor, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, on Wednesday with a fiery anti-American speech that said the United States had failed in an effort to bring Iran "to its knees." "Despite the sanctions imposed upon it, Iran today is launching satellites and sending live organisms into space and is producing nuclear power," declared Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he paid tribute to the spiritual leader who spearheaded the 1979 revolution. Khomeini led the effort to overthrow the U.S.-backed Shah of Iran and is considered the founder of the Islamic Republic. He used the term "Great...

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