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Iranian factory makes U.S. and Israel flags to burn

Business is booming at Iran's largest flag factory, in Khomein City, which makes U.S., British and Israeli flags for Iranian protesters to burn.

Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Business is booming at Iran's largest flag factory, in Khomein City, which makes U.S., British and Israeli flags for Iranian protesters to burn. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Business is booming at Iran's largest flag factory, in Khomein City, which makes U.S., British and Israeli flags for Iranian protesters to burn. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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At the factory in the town southwest of the capital Tehran, young men and women print the flags by hand then hang them up to dry. The factory produces about 2,000 U.S. and Israeli flags a month in its busiest periods, and more than 1.5 million square feet of flags a year. 

Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

At the factory in the town southwest of the capital Tehran, young men and women print the flags by hand then hang them up to dry. The factory produces about 2,000 U.S. and Israeli flags a month in its busiest periods, and more than 1.5 million square...more

At the factory in the town southwest of the capital Tehran, young men and women print the flags by hand then hang them up to dry. The factory produces about 2,000 U.S. and Israeli flags a month in its busiest periods, and more than 1.5 million square feet of flags a year. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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Tensions between the United States and Iran have reached the highest level in decades after top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3, prompting Iran to retaliate with a missile attack against a U.S. base in Iraq days later. 

Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Tensions between the United States and Iran have reached the highest level in decades after top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3, prompting Iran to retaliate with a missile attack...more

Tensions between the United States and Iran have reached the highest level in decades after top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad on Jan. 3, prompting Iran to retaliate with a missile attack against a U.S. base in Iraq days later. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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Ghasem Ghanjani, who owns the Diba Parcham flag factory, said: "We have no problem with the American and British people. We have (a) problem with their governors. We have (a) problem with their presidents, with the wrong policy they have ... The people of America and Israel know that we have no problem with them. If people burn the flags of these countries at different rallies, it is only to show their protest." 

Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Ghasem Ghanjani, who owns the Diba Parcham flag factory, said: "We have no problem with the American and British people. We have (a) problem with their governors. We have (a) problem with their presidents, with the wrong policy they have ... The...more

Ghasem Ghanjani, who owns the Diba Parcham flag factory, said: "We have no problem with the American and British people. We have (a) problem with their governors. We have (a) problem with their presidents, with the wrong policy they have ... The people of America and Israel know that we have no problem with them. If people burn the flags of these countries at different rallies, it is only to show their protest." Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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Demonstrators burn Israeli and U.S. flags during a protest over the death of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, January 3, 2020. In state-sponsored rallies and protests in Iran, demonstrators regularly burn the flags of Israel, U.S. and Britain. 

Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Demonstrators burn Israeli and U.S. flags during a protest over the death of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, January 3, 2020. In state-sponsored rallies and protests in Iran, demonstrators regularly burn the flags of Israel, U.S....more

Demonstrators burn Israeli and U.S. flags during a protest over the death of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani in Tehran, January 3, 2020. In state-sponsored rallies and protests in Iran, demonstrators regularly burn the flags of Israel, U.S. and Britain. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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For hardliners, anti-American sentiment has always been central to Iran's Islamic revolution, and Iran's clerical rulers continue to denounce the United States as the Great Satan. Last November, however, many Iranians took to the streets to protest against the country's top authorities, chanting "our enemy is not the U.S., our enemy is here." During protests this month that erupted after Tehran belatedly admitted shooting down a passenger plane by mistake, young demonstrators in Tehran refused to step on the American flag painted on the street.

Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

For hardliners, anti-American sentiment has always been central to Iran's Islamic revolution, and Iran's clerical rulers continue to denounce the United States as the Great Satan. Last November, however, many Iranians took to the streets to protest...more

For hardliners, anti-American sentiment has always been central to Iran's Islamic revolution, and Iran's clerical rulers continue to denounce the United States as the Great Satan. Last November, however, many Iranians took to the streets to protest against the country's top authorities, chanting "our enemy is not the U.S., our enemy is here." During protests this month that erupted after Tehran belatedly admitted shooting down a passenger plane by mistake, young demonstrators in Tehran refused to step on the American flag painted on the street. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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An Iranian employee works at a flag factory in Khomein City. 

Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

An Iranian employee works at a flag factory in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

An Iranian employee works at a flag factory in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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Rezaei, a quality control manager, who declined to give her first name, said, "compared to the cowardly actions of the United States, such as General Soleimani's assassination, this (burning an American flag) is a minimal thing against them. This is the least that can be done."

Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Rezaei, a quality control manager, who declined to give her first name, said, "compared to the cowardly actions of the United States, such as General Soleimani's assassination, this (burning an American flag) is a minimal thing against them. This is...more

Rezaei, a quality control manager, who declined to give her first name, said, "compared to the cowardly actions of the United States, such as General Soleimani's assassination, this (burning an American flag) is a minimal thing against them. This is the least that can be done." Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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Iranian workers collect U.S. flags after making them at a flag factory in Khomein City.  Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iranian workers collect U.S. flags after making them at a flag factory in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iranian workers collect U.S. flags after making them at a flag factory in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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Iranian workers sew flags at a flag manufacturing shop in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iranian workers sew flags at a flag manufacturing shop in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iranian workers sew flags at a flag manufacturing shop in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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Iranian workers make altered Israeli flags in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iranian workers make altered Israeli flags in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iranian workers make altered Israeli flags in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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U.S. flags hang at a flag factory in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

U.S. flags hang at a flag factory in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

U.S. flags hang at a flag factory in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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Iranian workers make U.S. flags in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iranian workers make U.S. flags in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Iranian workers make U.S. flags in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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An Iranian worker makes U.S. flags at a large flag factory which creates them and Israeli flags for Iranian protesters to burn in Khomein City, Iran January 28, 2020.  Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

An Iranian worker makes U.S. flags at a large flag factory which creates them and Israeli flags for Iranian protesters to burn in Khomein City, Iran January 28, 2020. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

An Iranian worker makes U.S. flags at a large flag factory which creates them and Israeli flags for Iranian protesters to burn in Khomein City, Iran January 28, 2020. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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U.S. and altered Israeli flags hang at a flag factory in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

U.S. and altered Israeli flags hang at a flag factory in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

U.S. and altered Israeli flags hang at a flag factory in Khomein City. Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS
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