Ayatollah Khamenei as Fearful, Unapologetic, and Defiant as Ever

As past experiences suggest, Ayatollah Khamenei only leads Friday prayers at a moment of crisis. The last time he delivered a Friday prayer sermon was eight years ago, on the 33rd anniversary of the country’s revolution. Iran was experiencing a sever crisis back in 2012, with conflicts over Iran’s nuclear program at its core .

Iran in Turmoil

Iran has gone through significant political developments since the outset of the November 2019 protests, among which the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani by the US special forces is of particular importance. In retaliations to Soleimani’s murder, Iran, in a very calculated attack, launched several missiles at two Iraq airbases hosting U.S. and coalition troops.