Iranians mark revolution anniversary amidst peak tensions with U.S.

Tens of thousands of Iranians come into the streets of Tehran and other cities on Tuesday morning to honor the 41st anniversary of the Islamic revolution, against a backdrop of escalating tensions with the US.

Rallies in many 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 United States last month after a U.S. drone strike killed top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3, prompting Iran to retaliate with a missile barrage against a U.S. base in Iraq, days later.

Tensions spiked between Iran and the United States after U.S. President Donald Trump pull out from a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions in a bid to pressure Tehran to negotiate over its ballistic missile program and ties with regional proxy groups.

Missiles were put on display as part of the anniversary celebrations. Iran’s state TV showed archival footage of missile launches and underground missile storage facilities as part of its anniversary coverage. The missile program is not intended for attacks on neighboring countries, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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