Iran marks Sacred Defense Week

Iran marks Sacred Defense Week

Iranian armed forces have held nationwide parades to mark the holy defense week.

Military parades and ceremonies were held to mark the 36th anniversary of the eight-year Iraqi war on Iran under former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in 1980.

A massive parade was staged by thousands of forces from the army and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps as well as the Iranian police in Tehran, held in an area near the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic

During the parade in southern Tehran, Iranian Armed Forces showcased their latest achievements in the area of defense, including various missile defense systems.

Addressing the ceremony, Head of the Iranian Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri said the Sacred Defense Week is a reminder of the Iranian nation’s bravery in the face of an enemy that failed to achieve its goals in a war that it waged 36 years ago with the backing of Western and Eastern powers.

The S-300 missile defense system as well the domestically-built Emad ballistic missile successfully test-fired in October was among the military equipment showcased during the event.

The regime of slain Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein waged a war against Iran In late September 1980. Iran holds a military parade every year to honor the martyrs of the eight-year war imposed by the Saddam regime.

The Iranian nation under wise leadership of Imam Khomeini managed to foil all plots hatched by the Saddam regime and its colonial backers.   

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