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Who Will Succeed Ayatollah Khamenei?

Muhammad Sahimi | Posted 01.04.2016 | World
Muhammad Sahimi

Ever since Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was appointed Iran's supreme leader in 1989, there has been a power struggle in Iran between two groups. In one group are the moderates, reformists and liberals who want to open Iran's political system and make Iran a normal, non-revolutionary state. The second group consists of those who want to keep Iran in a permanent revolutionary state, preserve its theocracy and oppose rapprochement with the West.

What's Behind Ayatollah Khamenei's Renewed Opposition To The Nuclear Deal

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 09.11.2015 | World

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took aim at both the United States and Israel in a speech this week, referring to the U.S. as the "Great...

Iran's Khamenei: Nuclear Deal Won't Change Our Policy Towards U.S.

AP | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 07.18.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a historic nuclear deal with world powers reached this week won't change Iran's po...

Iran's Supreme Leader Stops Short Of Endorsing Nuclear Deal

AP | NASSER KARIMI and ADAM SCHRECK | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is staking out a tough bargaining stance for the final phase of nuclear negotiations, with both its supreme leader and its ...

Iran Nuclear Negotiator Told Off By Supreme Leader: Control Your Temper With Kerry

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 04.16.2015 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister has been told by the country's supreme leader to control his temper during nuclear talks with Western di...

Iran's Supreme Leader Undergoes Prostate Surgery

AP | By NASSER KARIMI | Posted 11.07.2014 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader underwent prostate surgery on Monday and was recovering at a government hospital in Tehran, state media sa...

Iran's Supreme Leader Orders 'Economy Of Resistance' Amid Nuke Talks

AP | GEORGE JAHN | Posted 02.19.2014 | World

VIENNA (AP) — Even as Iran negotiates on a nuclear pact in exchange for an end to sanctions, the country's top leader is taking precautionary steps ...

Khamenei's Conglomerate Thrived As Sanctions Squeezed Iran

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

(This is the second story in a three-part series, Assets of the Ayatollah: By...

A Look Into Iran's Power Structure

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 06.14.2013 | World

-- A look at the political power structure in Iran. ...

Iran's Supreme Leader Calls Ahmadinejad 'Bad, Wrong, Inappropriate'

AP | BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 02.17.2013 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Iran's supreme leader is supposed to be many things in the eyes of his followers: Spiritual mentor, protector of the Is...

Iran's Supreme Leader Blames U.S., Israel For Syria Crisis

AP | Posted 10.25.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's Supreme Leader is blaming the U.S. and Israel for the bloody, 19-month civil war in Syria. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also warns W...

Iran Urges West To Take Action On Anti-Islam Film

AP | Posted 09.17.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's top leader urged the West on Monday to show it respects Muslims by blocking a film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad and has touc...

Iran's Supreme Leader Lauds Obama

AP | Posted 05.08.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's top leader Thursday welcomed comments by President Barack Obama advocating diplomacy and not war as a solution to Tehran's...

Iranian Supreme Leader Warns Those Behind Scientist Murder

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday that those behind the killing of a nuclear scientist in Teh...

Iranian Supreme Leader Warns Of 'Strong Slap And An Iron Fist'

AP | Posted 01.10.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's supreme leader on Thursday warned Israel and the United States that Tehran's response will be tough should its archenemies...

Supreme Leader Shows Ahmadinejad He Holds The Stronger Cards

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 12.19.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — In the ongoing political skirmishes among Iran's leadership, it was the equivalent of bringing out the heavy ammunition: The coun...

Iran's Supreme Leader Warns U.S. Over Assassination Claims

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 12.16.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's supreme leader warned the United States on Sunday that any measures taken against Tehran over an alleged plot to assassina...

Power Struggles Rage As Iran Prepares For Elections

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI and BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 10.16.2011 | World

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran's internal power struggles are shifting into election mode with hard-line political forces banding together t...

Ayatollah Khamenei at Unprecedented Religio-Political Summits: The Hidden Imam's Infallible Representative

Ali Rahnema | Posted 10.03.2011 | World
Ali Rahnema

Ayatollah Khamenei has now been promoted by his clerical followers to a super-human status. In certain circles, he is already being addressed as Imam Khamenei. But can combining ultimate religious and political powers guarantee tenure?

The Incredible Shrinking Ahmadinejad

Foreign Policy | Posted 07.25.2011 | World

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is now discovering what his predecessors in Islamic Iran's unique dual system of government all learned to their sorrow: You serve...

Student Stuns Iran By Criticizing Supreme Leader

AP | SCHEHEREZADE FARAMARZI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIRUT — An unassuming college math student has become an unlikely hero to many in Iran for daring to criticize the country's most powerful man ...

Ayatollah Khamenei's Jet Checked, Iran Supreme Leader May Flee To Russia If Necessary (UPDATED)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei could flee to Russia should the situation in his country continue to spiral out of control, accordin...

Iran protests not 'foreign backed'

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Iran's supreme leader has said that he has no proof the leaders of the post-election violence in June were backed by foreign states. In a statement r...

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: Iran Protests Not 'Foreign Backed'

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Iran's supreme leader has said that he has no proof the leaders of the post-election violence in June were backed by foreign states. In a statement r...

Ahmadinejad: No Rift With Ayatollah Khamenei

AP | NASSER KARIMI and LEE KEATH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad begins his second term next week undermined by a deepening feud with his fellow hard-liners and und...