Israel warns Iran this could be last anniversary

Israel warns Iran this could be last anniversary

Israel warns Iran this could be last anniversary

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians marched on the streets of Tehran Monday, burning American flags and taunting the West as it celebrated the Islamic Revolution's 40th anniversary by vowing to boost its ballistic missiles in defiance of USA efforts to curb its military.

Soldiers, students, clerics and black-clad women holding small children thronged streets across Iran, many with portraits of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Shi'ite cleric who toppled the Shah in an Islamic uprising that still haunts the West.

The events Monday were the culmination of official celebrations called the "10 Day Dawn" that marks the period between February 1, 1979, and February 11 when Shiite cleric Khomeini returned from exile and ousted the shah's last government.

In the beginning of 2017, Israel launched a military campaign to prevent Iran from consolidating itself in Syria, leading to hundreds of airstrikes on facilities belonging to the Islamic Republic across the war torn country.

The years since have been marked with domestic struggles between reformist and conservative politics, and worldwide disputes over Iran's nuclear development.

One sign read, "Much to the dismay of America, the revolution has reached its 40th year".

Iran's Islamic revolution four decades ago has been a complete failure for the country, US President Donald Trump said Monday.

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Ballistic missile capabilities were on display during the main march, including the Qadr F, a ground-to-ground missile with a 1,950-km (1,220-mile) range, Tasnim news agency said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Iran was determined to expand its military power and ballistic missile programme despite mounting pressure from hostile countries to curb Iran's defensive work, state TV reported.

A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards said Tehran would not withdraw forces from the region, dismissing US calls for Iranian clout to be curbed. "But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", Brig.

"If this regime makes the bad mistake and tries to destroy Tel Aviv or Haifa, it won't be successful and it will be the last anniversary of their revolution they will ever celebrate".

The Shah was the United States' closest ally in the Middle East.

Chants of "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain" followed, and demonstrators burned USA and Israeli flags.

Yadollah Javani is the Revolutionary Guards' assistant head for political affairs.

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