In this Feb. 11, 2016 file photograph, an Iranian woman holds the national flag during a rally commemorating the 37th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
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The victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran was an earthquake that upended the political order in the Middle East, and the aftershocks are still being felt 40 years later.When religious scholar Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ousted the shah's last government in February 1979 it was a moment that for many was completely "unthinkable, unexpected," said Clement Therme, a researcher on Iran at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.Events in Iran did not just reverberate on the global stage: across the region it fired up political Islam that represented a major threat to monarchies and ruling elites.Iranian officials insist the U.S. is really responsible for the conflicts and that allegations of regional meddling are used as an excuse to target the Islamic Revolution.Analyst Therme said that "militant anti-Zionism" has been one of the constants of Iranian foreign policy since Khomeini transformed the country.
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