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Iran marks anniversary of Khomeini's return from exile

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Women pray beside the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini at the Behesht Zahra cemetery, south of Tehran, on Feb. 1, 2012.

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A photo provided by Iran's Supreme Leader's office on Feb. 1, 2012 shows Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praying at Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's tomb during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Islamic revolution in Behesht Zahra cemetery south of Tehran on Jan. 31.

On Feb. 1, 1979, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini received a tumultuous welcome in Tehran as he ended nearly 15 years of exile from Iran, a homecoming which triggered the country's Islamic revolution.

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