Workers put the final touches on a mural of Iran’s long-serving supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in Tehran’s Revolution Square in February 2012.
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A younger Khamenei, then president, donned a military uniform in 1981.
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Khamenei listened to a speaker in northeastern Iran in October.
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Iranian worshipers, holding posters of the supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei and late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, chanted slogans against the US and Israel in a pro-Palestinian rally in Tehran in November.
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A Lebanese man stands in a bunker at a Hezbollah war museum in southern Lebanon with posters of the ayatollahs on the wall – evidence of Iran’s influence in the region.
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Ami Khulousi/Iranian Students News Agency/AP/File
Khamenei cast his ballot in Iran’s disputed 2009 election.
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Khamenei saluted during military maneuvers in 2004.
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A Green Movement protester showed her painted palm in support of defeated reformist Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi during a rally against the 2009 election results.
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Iranian seminary students hold posters of Khamenei at a demonstration of clerics to protest a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.