30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
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Feb. 2009 photos: 30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran

30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
Schoolgirls wave the flag of Iran during celebrations in Tehran marking the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled U.S.-backed Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi and brought hard-line clerics to power. Iran’s president said Tuesday the world was “entering an era of dialogue” and that his country would welcome talks with its longtime adversary, the United States, if they are based on mutual respect. (Hasan Sarbakhshian / Associated Press)
30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
Islamic cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, center, waves to followers as he appears on the balcony of his headquarters in Tehran on Feb. 2, 1979, the second day of his return from exile. (Associated Press)
30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, center, is surrounded by supporters as he arrives at Mehrabad Airport after 14 years of exile. (Associated Press)
30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
The deposed Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi and his wife, Farah, with their children on vacation in the Bahamas in March, 1979. The shah died in 1980. (Associated Press)
30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
Marchers display photos of Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, left, and current supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a celebration marking the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (Hasan Sarbakhshian / Associated Press)
30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
Escorted by bodyguards, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad greets well-wishers from his car as he makes his way through crowds at the anniversary celebration. (Vahid Salemi / Associated Press)
30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
Iranians burn a U.S. flag during anniversary celebrations in Tehran. The U.S. has not had formal diplomatic relations with Iran since 1980. (Vahid Salemi / Associated Press)
30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
A donkey draped in an Israeli flag attracted attention in Azadi Square in Tehran as marchers marked the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Iran. (Vahid Salemi / Associated Press)
30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
Schoolgirls with banners and Iranian flags joined thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-U.S. slogans in Tehran. (Behrouz Mehri / AFP / Getty Images)
30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
Backed by blow-ups of Iran’s current and former leaders, Ayatollah Ali Khamanei at left and the late Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, photographers capture images of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the revolution that brought Khomeini to power. (Abedin Taherkenareh / EPA)
30th anniversary of 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran
A model of Iran’s satellite-launching Safir 2 rocket was a centerpiece for an anniversary rally in Tehran’s Azadi Square. (Vahid Salemi / Associated Press)
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