Iran marks 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Iran marks 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

Netanyahu has said in recent weeks that Israel has carried out hundreds of attacks in Syria over the past several years and would ramp up its fight following the planned withdrawal of USA troops from the country.

In the beginning of 2017, Israel launched a military campaign to prevent Iran from consolidating itself in Syria, leading to hundreds of airstrikes on facilities belonging to the Islamic Republic across the war torn country.

Earlier, Trump's chief foreign policy advisor John Bolton issued a similar statement, tweeting that 'it's been 40 yrs of failure.

Yadollah Javani, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' deputy head for political affairs, said Iran would demolish cities in Israel if the United States attacked.

Iranians walk past a missile during a rally marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. 40 years of terror.

'Iran will continue to expand its military might and missile program, ' Rouhani said.

"The long-suffering Iranian people deserve a much brighter future", he added.

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The large turnout in state-sponsored rallies, in which US and Israeli flags were burned, came as Iranians face mounting economic hardships many blame on the country's clerical leaders.

This year's anniversary comes as tensions rise with the United States and Iran grapples with the aftermath of President Donald Trump's pullout last May from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and tough USA economic sanctions, re-imposed in November. They saw the revolution as the starting gun in a competition to push out the strongman Arab nationalism that had taken hold across the Middle East.

Rouhani also promised the crowds that Iran would overcome the economic hardship amid the country's spiraling economy and the newly imposed US sanctions.

In January, Rouhani said Iran was dealing with its worst economic crisis since the Shah was toppled.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed the Israeli army hit targets in Syria in an attempt to discourage Iran from gaining a foothold there. "But if they attack us, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", Brig. On the fortieth anniversary of their revolution, they threatened to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Trained as a pilot in the Iranian Air Force, Pahlavi, who came to the United States in 1978, has been one of the foremost critics of Iran's Islamic government in recent decades.

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