Khomeini, Ayatollah Ruhollah
An Iranian religious and political leader of the twentieth century. Imposing rule by Islamic law (see Islam) and determined to rid Iran of foreign, and especially American, influences, he became virtual dictator of Iran in 1979. With his blessing, Iranian militants held American diplomats as hostages from 1979 to 1981. He died in 1989.
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Marandi kept the aged ayatollah under observation and advised him not to work so hard.
“Ayatollah Khomeini had a stroke in 1986 and became comatose,” says Khalaji.
When the Islamic Republic finally agreed to peace, its leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, likened it to drinking a cup of poison.Israel Must Take a More Diplomatic Approach Toward Iran|David Patrikarakos|December 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But John is sure that he can nurture Ayatollah to bring out the best in him, if only Tzipi and Saeb will do their best for Salaam.
Already in the womb, little Ayatollah is displaying worrisome signs.
Khomeini came to power on the crest of a wave of unprecedented popular support and he supplanted a cruel and corrupt dictator.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin