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Supreme Leader urges appreciating war disabled/martyrs families as a duty

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Thursday referred to respecting the devotees, appreciating the war disabled, and martyrs families as an ethical, religious and rational duty.

Speaking at the gathering of a number of the officials in charge and staff of the Martyrs Foundation, Ayatollah Khamenei added that the magnificence of "devotion, sacrifice and freedom" and the need for an attitude in line with such a grandeur, is comprehensible in the light of ethics and spirituality.

"However, even if it is viewed from the point of rational calculation, it would be realized that the country always requires combatants and devotees. That is why respecting them is a reasonable task," added the Supreme Leader.

Turning to the Divine reward as the true award of the martyrs, devotees, and martyrs families, Ayatollah Khamenei said, "However, the Martyrs Foundation is committed to solve the problems of the individuals given coverage by the foundation, which should be accomplished properly.


Ayatollah Khamenei visits military academy

Tehran, Sept 29 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei attended Wednesday the third joint graduation ceremo0ny of military cadets .

During the opening ceremony, Ayatollah Khamenei paid tribute to the lofty status of the Army martyrs and then reviewed an honor guard.

The Supreme leader eulogized the armed services and referred to the military forces as "the symbol of power, national dignity and defendants of nation's identity", stressing that 'in the world today, where the passions and materialistic stimulants of the mighties replac the spiritual and humane values, those who rely on their inner potentials and capacities can maintain their glories'.

'Applying fresh forces in various organizations and apparatus, would boost the level of knowledge and commitments of the system', he said, adding that 'the recruits who enter the armed services should aim at ameliorating different levels of their organizations, and this would be accomplished only in light of relying on the Almighty God, and maintaining affection, innovation, invention and observing the principles.

Ayatollah Khamenei described boosting scientific and defensive capabilities and preparing the grounds for flourishing talents as the main factors of might and dignity of a nation.

During the ceremony, the commander of the army welcomed the Supreme Leader and said that the army is fully prepared to defend the aspirations of the Islamic Revolution.


Leader AppointsNew Army Commanders

TEHRAN, Sept. 26--Leader of the Islamic Revolution and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Monday appointed six commanders to new posts in the Army. Ayatollah Khamenei said in his decrees to the commanders that the replacements are being made as per the proposal made by the Armys General Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi, IRNA reported. The leader appointed Vice Admiral Ali Shamkhani as head of Strategic Defense Research Center and Brigadier General Abdolali Pourshasb as deputy commander of General Headquarters of the Armed Forces for inspection affairs.

The commander-in-chief of the armed forces also appointed Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Qoraei-Ashtiani to the post of deputy general commander, Brigadier General Abdolrahim Mousavi as chief of the Army Joint Staff, Brigadier General Mohammad Hossein Dadras as commander of the Ground Forces and Vice Admiral Sajjad Kouchaki-Badelani as commander of the Navy. The leader appreciated the services of the predecessors in his decree to the new commanders. Ayatollah Khamenei appreciated the services of Brigadier General Habib Baqaei, Brigadier General Nasser Mohammadi-far and Vice Admiral Abbas Mohtaj, noting that the Navy made admirable achievements under Vice Admiral Mohtaj.


Supreme Leader: Islamic Revolution helped boost national capacity

Tehran, Sept 25, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the Islamic Revolution helped bring self-confidence to the youth and self-belief to the nation to boost national capacity in science and action.

In a meeting with 16 top talented university students, the Supreme Leader said that with reliance upon the bright talent of the youth, Iran will narrow its wide gap in the field of science with the developed nations and will reach the climax of science and progress. The Supreme Leader expressed pleasure with the list of requests the talented young students submitted to him and said that the topics mentioned by the students had been on the agenda of the leadership and that similarity between the requests and objectives of the governing system indicated progress of science in the country. Ayatollah Khamenei said that carrying out the requests are obligation of all officials.

The Supreme Leader pointed to program of President Ahmadinejad to set up the Foundation of Talented People and said that thanks to national resolve and hard works, the lofty objectives of the Islamic Republic have been compiled in the context of 20-year Strategy Plan for economic, social and cultural development "and God willing the nation will achieve these objectives."

The Supreme Leader said that faith along with good deed is the prerequisite for progress in all fields including in the arena of science and the nation is currently making efforts to materialize the national motto of "We Can". The students requested enough investment be made in the field of science and academic research and asked the Supreme Leader to assign officials to find out reasons for brain drain.


Supreme Leader appoints new prosecutor for special court of clergy

Tehran, Sept 25, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday appointed Hojatoleslam Mohammad Salimi to the post of prosecutor for special court of the clergy.

The Supreme Leader appreciated services of Salimi's predecessor Hojatoleslam Mohseni Ejei.

Ejei resigned from the post after undertaking the post of information minister.


Supreme Leader hails Ahmadinejad for raising Iran's stances at UN

Tehran, Sept 20, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Tuesday praised President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for firmly and vigorously raising the stances and words of the public at the UN on Saturday.

"The noble president too had at the UN, before eyes of the world heads of state and on behalf of the Iranian nation voiced firmly, solemnly and vigorously the stances and words of Iranian people; this means the strong and unshaky will of our nation," said Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei.

Addressing a group of people on the occasion of the birthday anniversary of the last Imam of Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) infallible household Hazrat Mahdi (AS), Ayatollah Khamenei said the great Iranian nation has today stood stronger than the past and with an iron will to promote its lofty goals and aspirations and will not bow to any pressure and threat.

Ayatollah Khamenei said belief in reappearance of the last Imam of age, Hazrat Mahdi (AS), will serve as a factor for hope, ambition, movement, endeavors and courage of mankind and society.

The Supreme Leader said belief in the principle of reappearance of the Imam (also known as savior of mankind) will also promise an end to the ongoing tyranny and injustice in the world.

The nation believing in reappearance of Hazrat Mahdi (AS) will never feel weakness and will proceed in the way to progress and dignity powerfully despite all hardships and pressures and will not bow to the tyrants, said the paramount Leader.

Concluding his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei called on officials to strive for solving problems of the masses and for upgrading the nation's knowledge standards in a way that enemies will no longer have an eye on the country.


Supreme Leader: IPO, symbol of intellectualism in Qom seminary

Tehran, Sept 19, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Islamic Propagation Organization (IPO) affiliated to Qom seminary is a symbol of intellectualism.

In a meeting with officials of IPO, the Supreme Leader said that enjoying positive aspects of intellectualism and refraining from the prevalent defects from which intellectualism is suffering are prerequisite for success of the IPO.

The Supreme Leader recommended the IPO officials to help expand activities of IPO, put forward new ideas, be present in the domains of new thoughts and get acquainted with new horizons of intellectualism.

The Supreme Leader said that innovation, open and free outlook are essence of intellectualism, adding that open outlook forms foundation of intellectualism and IPO is expected to take into account this factor, because without open outlook it is impossible to achieve progress in the domains of thought, science and action.

"Lack of distinctive guiding lines and inattention to the foundations of knowledge are among the defects causing serious troubles for contemporary intellectualism at international level.

The Supreme Leader said that religion and national traditions are two factors guiding intellectualism, adding that the difference is that national traditions are often coupled with bias and superstition whereas transparent religious knowledge which is free from bias and superstition can put the dynamic essence of intellectualism on the right track.

The Supreme Leader said that holding fast to the rope of Divine knowledge and safeguarding "intellectual output" are among the prerequisites for success of IPO in finding the position it deserves.


Supreme Leader meets IRGC officials

Tehran, Sept 14 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei urged IRI guard corps forces to -- spare no efforts in fulfiling their responsibilities.

Speaking to commanders and officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Guard Corpse (IRGC), he called for the audience to observe devine piety and patience in the face of hardships.

'The creation of a society based on justice and standing against oppression are among devine tasks, while being conducive to the progress of the human soul', he pointed out, noting that everybody who enters this field needs more self-supervision and avioding worldly whims than any other people.

'In peaceful era, one would achieve success in devine tests with more difficulties than the war era', he asserted, calling for officials to pay more attention to self-purification.


Leader joins fest of affection

Tehran, Sept 14 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei joined Jashn-e At`efeha (the fest of affection) by granting a cheque of rls 200 million ($250,000).

A few days ahead of the begining of the school days, Iranians share part of their properties with low-income students as a sign of benevolence.


Supreme Leader receives Ahmadinejad

Tehran, Sept 13 - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Tuesday met with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei prior to his departure for New York.

The president, heading a high-ranking delegation, left Tehran for New York on an official five-day visit on Tuesday to attend the 60th regular session of the UN general assembly.

In the meeting, the Supreme Leader wished success for Ahmadinejad.


Leader names new army commander

Tehran, Sept 11 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei Sunday appointed major general Ataollah Salehi the commander of the IRI army.

Ataollah Salehi was appointed to the post after Mohammad Salimi tendered his resignation.

In his directive, the Supreme Leader urged Salehi to promote combat skills in the army.

He also thanked Salimi for his invaluable efforts during his military tenure.


Leader urges supporting new gov't

Tehran, Sept 8 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Thursday assessed as very sensitive and heavy the duty of scholars and the elite, political activists and influential people in the present sensitive days following elections.

Making the remark in a meeting with members of Experts Assembly, the Supreme Leader stressed the importance of safeguarding and promoting unity in the society, supporting the government in its efforts to materialize its programs and consolidating religious attitudes among the young generation.

Pointing to the importance of the task of promoting the position of the Islamic system in post-election days, he said the magnificent participation of people in the election once again foiled the plots of enemies and at the same time put a heavy responsibility on the shoulders of officials and the elite.

He said those who hold a higher position and are more influential in the society should try harder than others to eliminate the negative attitudes created during the election time.

Ayatollah Khamenei further stressed that as the Supreme Leader of the country he would support the new president and the government as before.

Supreme Leader grants amnesty, reduced prison terms to 7,780 prisoners

Tehran, Sept 4, IRNA

On the auspicious occasion of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) appointment to prophethood (Mabaath), Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday pardoned or commuted prison term of 7,780 prisoners sentenced by the public courts, Revolutionary courts, military courts and the state punitive court.

Proposal for the amnesty was made by head of the Judiciary Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi and was accepted by the Supreme Leader.

It has become a good-omen custom to grant amnesty on the auspicious Islamic occasions including birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and that of beloved members of his infallible household by the Supreme Leader.


Supreme Leader: continuation of resistance only way to confront Zionist enemy

Tehran, Sept 3, IRNA

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here Saturday stressed the importance of continuing resistance and Jihad against the Zionist regime.

The Supreme Leader, in a meeting with secretary general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Organization Ramadan Abdullah Shallah, praised the great victory of the Palestinian nation and the Islamic resistance in driving the Zionist regime from the Gaza Strip.

"Continuation and strengthening of resistance and Jihad is the only way to encounter the Zionist enemy," he said.

Ayatollah Khamenei added that Jihadi groups are symbols of the Palestinian nation's resistance and frontline fighters who are defending Islam.

"Although withdrawal of the Zionist regime from Gaza is too meager as far as the Palestinian nation's demands and rights are concerned, it is a great victory over the enemy's front and supporters of the Zionist regime which indicates the regime's helplessness," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

This victory showed that resistance would bear fruits, the Supreme Leader said, adding, "Such a victory will be possible in other regions of the occupied lands. Resistance should be

continued by the Palestinian nation and brave Palestinian youth in cooperation with Jihadi groups."

The Supreme Leader pointed to weakening of the enemy's front as is evident in the US setbacks in Lebanon, Iraq and its failure in political confrontation with the Islamic Republic and said, "Such setbacks mean the enemy is not as powerful as it claims to be and that the opposite side enjoys great potentials which should be used properly."


Supreme Leader consoles Iraq tragedy

Tehran, Sept 1 - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei expressed condolences over the martyrdom of hundreds of Iraqi Shiite pilgrims in terrorist mortar attacks, and the ensuing bridge stampede over Tigris river. In his message, the Supreme Leader called on the Iraqi nation to maintain unity and discourage the enemies from the enactment of their separatist moves.

"Hundreds of our dearest religious brethrens and sisters, including the elderly, youngesters and children who were mourning at the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Mousa Kazim (AS), met the Almighty God in the wake of a bloody incident and left us in deep sorrow and lament. The Iraqi people who have not forgotten the memories of the precedent explosions in the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala by the enemies stooges, now came under the firey bloodshed of mercenery terrorists in Kadhimiayh and face the outcomes of their threats. Iraqi occupiers who have imposed their ominous shadow on Iraq under the pretext of establishing security, are responsible for the disasterous incidents and should respond for that. So, with a heavy heart, I express my deepest sorrow to Baqiattallah (Imam Mahdi AS, the last saviour), the Iraqi people, and the grand ulema of seminaries and pray for the full success of Iraqi people, " the message read.

Supreme Leader grieve at "heart-rending" tragedy of Kadhimiya

Tehran, Sept 1, IRNA - Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that heart-rending tragedy of Kadhimiya district of Baghdad brought sorrow for the humanity. The Supreme Leader said that his heart was filled with grief and shock at the extent of the human disaster in the holy city of Kadhimiya.

"The bitter memory of explosions in Karbala and Najaf perpetrated by agents of the enemies had not been forgotten yet. Another fierce attack and subsequent threats took place which took heavy toll on mourners of Imam Mousa al-Kadhim (AS) in Iraq on his eminency's martyrdom anniversary," Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Supreme Leader called on the Iraqi nation to exercise solidarity to disappoint the enemy, holding the occupation forces in Iraq responsible for the bloodshed in the country. "Occupiers of Iraq have imposed their ominous presence on the Iraqi nation under pretext of providing them with security. They are responsible for such tragedies," the Supreme Leader said. "With great sorrow and grief I extend my condolence to Lord of the Time, Imam Mahdi (May God Hasten His Reappearance), the Iraqi nation and government, religious leaders and theological centers of Iraq and I earnestly pray to God to help the Iraqi nation leave behind the current tragic period and bestow mercy and peace upon the souls of victims and patience on their bereaved families." "I also appeal to God to help rid the Iraqi nation and all the Islamic Ummah of the evil of arrogant powers and aliens," Ayatollah Khamenei said.


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