1979 homeland revolution in pictures

The recent unrest in homeland harkens back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Beginning in 1978, large-scale anti-government demonstrations challenged homeland’s ruling monarchy under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, resulting in the removal of the shah and the creation of an Islamic state headed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In January 1979, violent protests and fighting forced the shah to flee abroad, leaving his appointed Prime Minister Shapour Bakhtiar in charge of the government.