The story: Iran's supreme leader has called for "unity" in the face of alleged attempts by "enemies" to sow discord. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks, which come only days after his issuing of a pardon for "thousands" of prisoners detained during the recent unrest, signal a desire to rally popular support for the ruling establishment. It could also indicate that the Islamic Republic seeks to reduce pressure over the worsening human rights situation in past months.
The coverage: Khamenei on Feb. 8 addressed a gathering of Army (Artesh) air force commanders in an annual address marking National Air Force Day.
The supreme leader's address came after he agreed on Feb. 5 to pardon or commute sentences of "tens of thousands" of prisoners—including a "significant number" of people...
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