Khorramshahr liberation marked an exemplary display of Iranian heroism under Imam Khomeini leadership

Khorramshahr liberation marked an exemplary display of Iranian heroism under Imam Khomeini leadership

Iran is marking the 42th anniversary of the liberation of the southwestern city of Khorramshahr from forces of the ex-Iraqi dictator’s regime in the course of the eight-year war imposed on the Islamic Republic in 1980s. Iranian forces recaptured the strategic port city during landmark operation code-named Beit ol-Moqaddas in 1982, putting an end to over 500 days of the Iraqi occupation.

In a historic message, Imam Khomeini said that It was God the Almighty who liberated the Iranian border city despite agression of all world powers who were then backing Saddam.  

All echelon of the Iranian society became united under leadership of Imam Khomeini to defend the Islamic-democratic system. Iranian nation also confront the global colonialist powers during the imposed war

The liberation of Khorramshahr also marks the defeat of Saddam and his Western backers.

During the weeks-long operation, some 6,000 Iranian soldiers were martyred and nearly 24,000 others injured.

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein launched the war with the support of major powers and their allies in the region in 1980, a year after the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

The war drew to a close in August 1988, when Iran accepted UN Security Council Resolution 598 which declared Saddam as the initiator of the conflict.

During the eight-year-long war, Iraq received all-out support from over twenty countries led by the United States.

Khorramshahr, a city located in southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan, was a crucial strategic point during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1982).

The city was captured by Iraqi forces on October 26, 1980, after the people’s 34-day-long resistance against the Iraqi invaders during the early months of the war, and its liberation became a major objective for the Iranian military. After years of intense fighting, the Iranian army launched a major offensive, known as Operation Beit al-Moqaddas, to retake the city.

The operation was a complex and daring plan that involved the construction of a pontoon bridge over the Karun River, which allowed Iranian forces to cross into the city.

The liberation of Khorramshahr was a turning point in the war, marking a significant defeat for the Iraqi forces. The city's liberation was achieved on May 24, 1982, after it was totally reduced to rubble by Iraqis and a fierce battle that lasted for several days.

The Iranian military suffered heavy losses during the operation, but their bravery and determination ultimately led to the recapture of the city. The liberation of Khorramshahr was a major morale boost for the Iranian people and marked a significant shift in the momentum of the war. The city's liberation also had significant strategic implications, as it allowed Iranian forces to regain control of the region and to push deeper into Iraqi territory.

Khorramshahr liberation has been a sweet lesson of resistance, sacrifice

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