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Iran: Rouhani defies United States on 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iran: Rouhani defies United States on 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers, militia members in camouflage fatigues, clerics, and ordinary citizens flocked to the streets of other Iranian cities and towns to commemorate February 11, 1979, when followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted a US -backed monarch, Shah Reza Pahlavi.

Despite Iran's efforts to hide the facility, Israel has nevertheless discovered, tracked and uncovered it, the network said, as part of its effort to thwart Iran's military entrenchment in Syria. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took note and responded: try it, and it will be the last Revolution Day the Iranians will ever celebrate.

"The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran. means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives", a defiant President Hassan Rouhani told those thronging Tehran´s Azadi (Freedom) Square, decrying a "conspiracy" involving Washington.

"We will not let America become victorious - Iranian people have and will have some economic difficulties, but we will overcome the problems by helping each other", he said in a speech.

State TV showed large crowds carrying Iranian flags and chanting "Death to Israel, Death to America", trademark chants of the revolution.

Iranians carried cardboard cutouts of dogs.

Iran and Saudi Arabia are locked in proxy wars in Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

Soldiers, students, clerics and black-clad women holding small children flocked to the streets of cities and towns, many carrying portraits of Khomeini and Iran's current supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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"The world saw when Iran made a decision to help people of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Yemen, they achieved victory".

Chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" can commonly be heard in Iranian demonstrations of nationalist fervor, with this one being no exception. "In those parts, many countries in the south of the Gulf have formed", Rouhani said.

"They must leave the region", Brigadier General Hossein Salami said.

"At the revolution's 40 anniversary we are on top of scientific achievements like nanotechnology or accurate missiles", he said.

Ballistic missile capabilities were on show during the main march, including the Qadr F, a ground-to-ground missile with a range of 1,950 km., according to Tasnim news agency. "They must leave the region", said Brig.

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.

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Life-size replicas of Iranian-made cruise and ballistic missiles stood in a statement of defiance after the U.S. past year reimposed sanctions following its withdrawal from a deal on Tehran´s nuclear programme.