Iranian mourners carry a flag-draped coffin of Ebrahim Yazdi, a dissident politician and former foreign minister, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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Hundreds of Iranians attended the funeral Thursday of Ebrahim Yazdi, one of the country's most influential dissident politicians and a former foreign minister.Yazdi was a close ally of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.Yazdi was frequently sentenced to prison on security charges, including an eight-year term in 2012 .Yazdi argued that the takeover led to a harsher stance by Washington against Iran's Islamic revolution and emboldened former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to wage an eight-year war against Iran, which left more than 1 million casualties on both sides.Yazdi is survived by his wife Sorour Talieh Yazdi, four daughters and two sons.
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