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Supreme Leader of Iran since 1989

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Ali Khamenei: Supreme Leader of Iran since 1989
Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei is a Twelver Shia Marja' and the second and current Supreme Leader of Iran, in office since 1989. He was previously President of Iran from 1981 to 1989. Khamenei is the longest serving head of state in the Middle East, as well as the second-longest serving Iranian leader of the last century, after Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

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Iran's Khamenei says Floyd's killing exposes real nature of U.S.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the killing of George Floyd in police custody had exposed the true nature of the rulers of the United States.
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Iran leader hails armed support for Palestinians against 'tumor' Israel

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday denounced Israel as a "tumor" to be eliminated and hailed Tehran's supply of weaponry to Palestinian armed groups fighting against it.
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Iran's Khamenei denounces Israel as "tumor" that will be eliminated

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Palestinians on Friday to continue their uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a "tumor" that should be confronted until..
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Iran's Khamenei says Israel is a 'cancerous tumor' in Middle East

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on Palestinians on Friday to continue their uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a "tumor" that should be confronted until..
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Iran will support any nation or group that fights Israel: supreme leader

Iran will support any nation or group that fights Israel, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday.
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Iran Supreme Leader says Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria

Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, renewing Iran's demand for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from the Middle East.
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Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria: Iran Supreme Leader

Americans will be expelled from Iraq and Syria, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday, according to his official website.
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Iran supreme leader approves tapping sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved the withdrawal of one billion euros from the country's sovereign wealth fund to help fight the coronavirus epidemic, President Hassan Rouhani's..
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Iran's Khamenei rejects U.S. help offer, vows to defeat coronavirus

The United States' offer to help Iran in its fight against the new coronavirus pandemic is strange, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a televised speech on Sunday, describing U.S...
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Khamenei lauds Iranians' 'dazzling' sacrifices to fight virus

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a speech on state television for the Persian New Year, praised Iranians for their "dazzling" sacrifices in fighting the coronavirus outbreak in the..
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Khamenei praises Iranians for their fight against coronavirus

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a live speech on state TV for the Persian new year, praised Iranians for their "dazzling" sacrifices to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the..
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Khamenei says U.S. sanctions forced Iran to become 'self-sufficient'

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a live speech on state TV for the start of the Persian new year, said on Friday that U.S. sanctions has forced the country to become self-sufficient..
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Iran's supreme leader to pardon 10,000 prisoners, including political ones

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will pardon 10,000 prisoners including political ones in honor of the Iranian new year on Friday, state TV reported.
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Top adviser to Iran's supreme leader infected with coronavirus: Tasnim

A top adviser to Iran's utmost authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been infected with the new coronavirus, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Thursday.
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Iran supreme leader cancels Persian new year speech because of coronavirus outbreak: official site

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei canceled his speech in the city of Mashhad for Persian new year, which is on March 20, to prevent further infections of coronavirus, according to a..
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Iran's Khamenei asks India to stop attacks on Muslims after deadly riots

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged India on Thursday to "confront extremist Hindus" and "stop the massacre of Muslims", adding to the international fallout over deadly Hindu-Muslim..
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Iran's enemies tried to use coronavirus to impact vote: Khamenei

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday Iran's enemies tried to put people off voting in Friday's parliamentary election by exaggerating the threat of the new coronavirus but that..
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Iran counts votes in election stacked in favor of hardliners

Iran has started counting votes in its parliamentary election, state TV said on Saturday, in which hardline allies of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are likely to gain a seizable majority based..
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Factbox: Choices curtailed - Iran's parliamentary election

Iranians voted on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to reinforce the authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, amid mounting U.S. pressure over the nuclear program and as discontent..
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Iran's Khamenei says voting in parliamentary election 'a religious duty'

Casting a vote in Iran's parliamentary election is "a religious duty", the country's top authority Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated on Friday after voting in Tehran, broadcast live on..
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Khamenei loyalists may tighten grip at Iran elections

Hardliners are set to tighten control of Iran this week in a parliamentary election stacked in their favor, as the leadership closes ranks in a deepening confrontation with Washington.
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Khamenei says Iran should increase military might to prevent war

Iran should increase its military might to prevent a war, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a gathering of air force commanders on Saturday, dismissing the U.S. sanctions on the country as..
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Iran's leader Khamenei says Tehran is not a threat to any country: TV

Iran is not posing any threat to other countries, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday, according to State TV, adding that Tehran was determined to guarantee its own security.
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Iran's Khamenei says enemies' plots against nation are doomed to fail

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Republic should become strong enough to confront enemies' plots, state TV reported on Saturday.
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Khamenei says U.S. sanctions against Tehran are 'criminal act'

The sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States are a "criminal act" against the country, Iranian's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday, according to state TV.
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Leader Khamenei says Iran has a strong Air Force despite U.S. pressure

Iran has a very strong Air Force despite limitations imposed on the country by the United States since the country's 1979 Islamic revolution, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a gathering of..
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Arab leaders who support 'Deal of the Century' are incompetent: Iran supreme leader

Arab leaders who support U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, dubbed the "Deal of the Century", are incompetent, Iran's Supreme Leader..
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Iran's Khamenei calls for a high turnout in February parliament election: TV affiliated website

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for a high turnout in a February parliamentary election, the YJC news site, which is affiliated with Iran's state TV, reported on Wednesday.
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The deal of the century will die before Trump dies: Iran Supreme Leader

U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, dubbed the "Deal of the Century", will die before Trump dies, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali..
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Iran's Khamenei says Trump's Middle East peace plan is doomed to fail

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan for the Israel-Palestinian conflict was doomed to fail and all Muslim nations should oppose..
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Trump says Iran's Khamenei 'should be very careful with his words'

U.S. President Donald Trump said Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei should be very careful about what he says after Khamenei harshly criticized the United States in a Friday prayers sermon in..
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Trump warns Iranian supreme leader who called him a 'clown' to be 'very careful with his words'

President Donald Trump warned Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to be "very careful with his words" after Khamenei called him a "clown"
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Iran's Khamenei stands by Guards after unrest over downed plane

Iran's supreme leader threw his support behind the elite Revolutionary Guards in a rare sermon on Friday after their belated admission that they had accidentally downed an airliner triggered days of..
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U.S.'s representative on Iran: Tehran's threats will isolate it more

Threats made by Iran will only further isolate the country, the U.S. Department of States special representative to Iran said on Friday after Tehran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said its..
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Iran can take fight beyond its borders, Khamenei says in rare sermon

The Revolutionary Guards can take their fight beyond Iran's borders, the supreme leader said on Friday, responding to the U.S. killing of his country's most prominent commander and to anti-government..
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Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei calls Trump a 'clown,' defends Iran's military

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei called President Donald Trump a "clown" as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012.
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Khamenei says Iran's strikes at U.S. targets show 'hand of God'

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a Friday prayers sermon that Iran's missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq showed it had divine support in delivering a "slap on the face" to a world..
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Iran's Khamenei calls for unity after unrest over plane disaster

Iran's supreme leader called on Friday for national unity and a high turnout in a February election, after protests erupted following the military's admission that it had shot down an airliner by..
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Iran's Khamenei says Europeans cannot be trusted in nuclear row

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that three European states who were party to a nuclear pact from which the United States has already withdrawn could not be trusted, and..
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Khamenei: Iran gave U.S. 'slap on face', calls missile strikes 'day of God'

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a Friday sermon that Iran's missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq this month delivered a "slap on the face" to the United States, showing the Islamic..
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Iran's Khamenei calls for better regional cooperation, criticizes U.S.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on Sunday for increased cooperation among countries in the region to deal with problems he blamed on the United States, his official website said.
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Opposition Green Movement official calls on Iran Supreme Leader to step down: Saham News

A leader of Iran's opposition Green Movement, Mehdi Karroubi, called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the top authority in the Islamic Republic, to step down over the handling of the shooting..
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Iranian protesters demand that Khamenei quit over plane downing: video on Twitter

A group of Iranian protesters demanded Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei step down on Saturday after Tehran said that its military had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian plane, killing all 176..
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Iran Supreme Leader called for public statement on accidental shooting down of Ukrainian airliner: Fars

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the top authority in the Islamic Republic, was informed about the accidental shooting down of the Ukrainian airliner on Friday and said information should..
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Iran's supreme leader says missile strike a 'slap on the face' for U.S.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Tehran's missile attacks on U.S. targets in Iraq were "a slap on the face" for the United States and it should now pull its forces..
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'Never threaten the Iranian nation,' Rouhani warns Trump as crowds mourn commander

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wept in grief with hundreds of thousands of mourners thronging Tehran's streets on Monday for the funeral of military commander Qassem Soleimani, killed by..
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Iran mourns, supreme leader weeps for Soleimani

Iran's supreme leader wept while praying over the casket of a top general killed in a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered the prayers on Monday in Tehran for..
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Iran's leader Khamenei weeps at general's funeral as nation grieves

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wept while leading mourners in prayer for the funeral on Monday of slain military commander Qassem Soleimani, whose death in a U.S. drone strike has caused..
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