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In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei prays at the grave of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, commemorating the 35th anniversary of his return from exile, on Feb. 1, 1979, at his mausoleum just outside Tehran, Iran. Ayatollah Khomeini, who died in 1989, became the founder of the Islamic Republic after returning to Tehran on Feb. 1, 1979 after living 14 years in exile. Ten days later, the government of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi collapsed and the Islamic revolution was proclaimed. Khomeini later became Iran’s first supreme leader. (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)