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Iran threatens to attack Islamic State "deep into Iraqi territory"

Iran threatens to attack Islamic State "deep into Iraqi territory"

TEHRAN, Sept. 27 (UPI) --A brigadier general in the Iranian Army said that his forces are prepared to move into Iraq against Islamic State forces operating close to the border.
Fred Lambert
Iran declines to join U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State

Iran declines to join U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State

TEHRAN, Sept. 15 (UPI) --Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday Iran has rejected America's invitation to join an international coalition to counter the Islamic State.
JC Finley
Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei has prostate surgery

Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei has prostate surgery

TEHRAN, Sept. 8 (UPI) --Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei underwent prostate surgery on Monday morning.
JC Finley
Foreign press ridicules U.S. police tactics in Ferguson

Foreign press ridicules U.S. police tactics in Ferguson

MOSCOW, Aug. 20 (UPI) --Derision, aimed at police tactics in Ferguson, Mo., is coming from nations with strong authoritarian backgrounds and weak histories of human rights protection.
Ed Adamczyk
Iran bans vasectomies, tube-tying in effort to boost population

Iran bans vasectomies, tube-tying in effort to boost population

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (UPI) --Iran passed a law Monday banning all surgeries that permanently prevent pregnancy, including vasectomies and tube-tying in an effort to boost its population.
Aileen Graef
U.S. has removed military option, Iranian leader says

U.S. has removed military option, Iranian leader says

TEHRAN , June 4 (UPI) --Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei proclaimed the Obama administration has removed a U.S. military option against Iran from consideration.
Ed Adamczyk
Iranian court summons Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Iranian court summons Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 27 (UPI) --An Iranian judge has ordered Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg to appear before the court because of privacy complaints against Instagram and WhatsApp.
Ananth Baliga

Iranian supreme leader not optimistic about nuclear talks

TEHRAN, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said nuclear talks between Iran and the P5-plus-1 countries won't be successful but he won't object to them.
Ayatollah: U.S. lying about desire for regime change

Ayatollah: U.S. lying about desire for regime change

TEHRAN, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Iran's supreme leader said the United States is lying when it says it is not pursuing an agenda of regime change in the Islamic republic.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives in Switzerland for talks

MONTREUX, Switzerland, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Switzerland Tuesday to meet with participants of two groups discussing a political end to Syria's bloody civil war.

Iran's Rouhani takes on Revolutionary Guards in detente drive

TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, faces a crucial year that could produce a historic détente between the Islamic Republic and The Great Satan to end 35 years of fierce confrontation and dramatically alter the Middle East's geopolitical landscape.
A new dictator takes Iraq to the brink

A new dictator takes Iraq to the brink

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The violent arrest in Iraq of leading Sunni Member of Parliament Ahmed al-Alwani marks yet another step in that country's rapid descent into sectarian anarchy and civil war.
STRUAN STEVENSON, UPI Outside View Commentator
Iran says it will 'eliminate' Israel if attacked

Iran says it will 'eliminate' Israel if attacked

TEHRAN, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned the country's missiles are capable of hitting Israel and said Israel will be "eliminated" if Iran is attacked.

Iran's Zarif warns against further sanctions during Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif says any new sanctions by the United States would undermine the interim nuclear pact reached last month in Geneva.
Obama's misguided Tehran-bound 'Peace Train'

Obama's misguided Tehran-bound 'Peace Train'

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Iran’s mullahs believe Allah placed a 21st-century Neville Chamberlain in the White House at a most critical time. Unfortunately, they may be right.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
An Iranian soldier salutes in front of a placard of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a military parade on September 22,2009 in Tehran, Iran marking the beginning of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
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Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hoseyni Khāmene’i (Persian: سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای, Azerbaijani: سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای - Seyyid Əli Xameneyi, pronounced  ( listen); born 17 July 1939), is an Iranian politician as the figurative head of the Muslim conservative establishment in Iran and Twelver Shi'a marja. In 2010, Forbes selected him 26th in the list of 'World's Most Powerful People'.

He was president of Iran from 1981 to 1989, and has been Supreme Leader of Iran since June 1989 when the Assembly of Experts appointed him to succeed Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. He has been described as one of only three people having "important influences" on the Islamic Republic of Iran (the other two being the founder of the republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and the president of Iran for much of the 1990s, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani). So far, the biggest challenge to his leadership has been the mass protests following the June 2009 presidential elections. Khamenei, however, continued to strongly support Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policies and re-election. Khamenei was the victim of an attack aimed to assassinate him in June 1981 which paralyzed his right arm.

The origin of Ali Khamenei family is from Tafresh in today Markazi province .the ancestors of Ali Khamenei had migrated from their original home in Tafresh to Tabriz.Born in Mashhad, he is second eldest of eight children, and two of his brothers are also clerics. His younger brother, Hadi Khamenei, is a notable newspaper editor and cleric. Ali Khamenei is half Iranian Azeri and his mother is a Yazd-native

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