former President of Iran
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was born in 1956 near Tehran as fourth of seven children in the home of a simple blacksmith. He became the highest *elected* official of the terrorism sponsoring state of Iran in 2005. In 1976, he ranked 132nd out of 400,000 taking university entrance exams. He studied civil engineering and earned a doctorate in traffic and transportation planning. In 1979, he joined students supporting the revolution. He fought in the war against Iraq and has held various military and political posts, including mayor of Tehran (2003-2005). He rejects secularism, opposes Israel, and follows a form of Islam with apocalyptic overtones.
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