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

Netanyahu: Rouhani doesn't lead Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei does

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday Iran's real leader isn't President Hassan Rouhani, but Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Iran: 'The Shark' challenges regime in poll

TEHRAN, May 13 (UPI) -- The last-minute entry of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani into June's Iranian elections poses a major challenge to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Nearly 700 running for president of Iran

TEHRAN, May 12 (UPI) -- Iranian election officials said the field of candidates for next month's presidential election has been finalized at 686.

Deadly embrace or suicide pact?

WASHINGTON, April 3 (UPI) -- Secret diplomacy is called for for the United States and Iran to reach a satisfactory point in diplomacy.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

U.S. should unleash Iran's opponents

LONDON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The author states that the best way to forestall the threat of a nuclear armed Iran is regime change and freeing the Iranian Resistance would be a major step in that direction.
MURIEL TURNER, UPI Outside View Commentator

Iran, N. Korea discuss expanded trade ties

TEHRAN, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Iran's supreme leader told a North Korean official in Tehran this weekend the two nations face common enemies.

U.N.: Crackdown on Muslims in Myanmar

UNITED NATIONS, July 28 (UPI) -- Security forces in Myanmar appear to have responded to clashes between Buddhists and Muslims by cracking down on Muslims, a U.N. official says.
Iran warns on 'cooperating' with BBC

Iran warns on 'cooperating' with BBC

TEHRAN, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Iran's intelligence minister has issued a warning to his fellow Iranians to not cooperate with the BBC, less than week after arresting six filmmakers.

Filmmakers arrested in Iran

TEHRAN, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Six filmmakers were arrested in Iran, accused of working for the BBC Persian service, which has been banned by the government, a report said.
Iran's navy would escort ships to Gaza

Iran's navy would escort ships to Gaza

TEHRAN, June 8 (UPI) -- The leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Iran's naval forces are ready to escort ships trying to breach the Israeli blockade of Gaza.
Khamenei insists Iran not building nukes

Khamenei insists Iran not building nukes

TEHRAN, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said Friday his country is not developing nuclear weapons and accusations from the West "are baseless."
Mousavi: 'To the slaughterhouse'

Mousavi: 'To the slaughterhouse'

TEHRAN, June 20 (UPI) -- Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi attacked the Supreme Leader in a statement on his Facebook page posted Saturday.

Khamenei blames U.S. for terror attacks

TEHRAN, April 25 (UPI) -- The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei, blamed U.S. forces Saturday for the deaths of 72 Iranian pilgrims killed in terrorist attacks in Iraq.

Yemen supports Iran on nuclear program

SANAA, Yemen, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Saturday he supported Iran as it faces pressure from the international community over its nuclear program.
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Ayatollah Khamenei
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) and Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei listen to a speech during formal endorsement ceremony in Tehran, Iran on August 3, 2009. UPI/Khamenei Official Image

Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hoseyni Khāmene’i (Persian: سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای, 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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