Thousands of Iranians Mark Revolution Anniversary Amid Peak Tensions with U.S.

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State TV showed video footage of rallies in at least half a dozen cities outside the capital, including Mashhad, Ahvaz and Kerman, with people holding signs that read, “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”.

 

Iran almost got into a full-blown conflict with the U.S. in 2019 after a U.S. drone strike killed top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3.

 

This had prompted Iranians to retaliate with a missile barrage against a U.S. base in Iraq days later.

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Tensions spiked between Iran and the U.S. after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran in 2018 and reimposed sanctions in a bid to pressure Tehran to negotiate over its ballistic missile programme and ties with regional proxy groups.

 

Missiles were put on display as part of the anniversary celebrations, according to the Tasnim news agency.

 

Iran’s state TV showed archival footage of missile launches and underground missile storage facilities as part of its anniversary coverage.

 

The missile programme is not intended for attacks on neighbouring countries, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday.

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