Sacred Defense

Iranians Mark Sacred Defense Week

Iranians mark the 34th anniversary of eight years of defense against Iraqi invasion under former dictator Saddam Hussein.

Iranian nations emerged victorious out of the crisis under wise leadership of Imam Khomeini.

The US-backed former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in September 1980 in a war that dragged on for eight years. Iraq enjoyed the support of many western countries in the war while Iran stood against the aggressions all by itself.

The Sacred Defense Week commemorates the braveries of the Iranian soldiers who fought in the 1980-1988 Iraqi-imposed war and defended their country against any aggressions.

Defense analysts and military observers say that Iran's military drills and its advancements in weapons production have proved as a deterrent factor, especially at a time of heightened threats by Israel and its western allies.

The Islamic revolution strengthened the cause of oppressed people and nations and made them learned how to defend themselves against tyrants and aggressive powers.

The founder of the Islamic Republic had repeatedly warned the international community against the crimes the Iraqi dictator was committing against the Iraqi people and the Iranian nation.

Months after the victory of revolution in Iran, foreign powers and regional dictators armed Saddam to launch an all-out war against the peaceful Iranian nation.

They wanted to damage the Iranian nation and weaken the revolution from very beginning.

However, the masses and all stratum of the Iranian society became united under the flag of Imam's leadership to defend the Islamic system and values and confront the global colonialist powers and dictatorial regimes.

Imam mobilized all domestic sources and forces to defend the borders and Islamic- human values.

Imam had given special instruction to forces and had denied any use of forces against civilians or issued orders against misbehaving with prisoners of war.

The 8-year long war imposed by the regional and global powers against Iran met with failures. But the sacrifices made by the Islamic Iranian youth will be remembered forever. The Iranian forces defended their land and values with considering all moral and humane values.

The great spiritual leader of the Islamic world had also predicted that those who were supporting Saddam should expect one day that this stupid dictator will also turn against them. Imam prediction came true years after Saddam invaded some more Arab regional countries.

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