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Iranian Armed Forces mark Sacred Defense anniv.

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Sept 22, IRNA -- The Islamic Republic Armed Forces paraded in a nationwide ceremony held on the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the country's Sacred Defense (Iraq's imposed war 1980-1988) Saturday morning.

The event was marked in Tehran during a ceremony held at the mausoleum of Founder of the Islamic Revolution the late Imam Khomeini in south of the Iranian capital.

A number of the senior Iranian commanders were present in the ceremony including Chief of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri, Iran Army Commander-in-Chief Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, Commander of the Ground Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour and Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari.

Meanwhile, a similar parade was simultaneously held in the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, Hormuzgan Province, with the attendance of some 600 different heavy and light military vessels as well as aircrafts belonging to the Army Force of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Naval Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Law Enforcement Forces.

The IRGC hosted the Bandar Abbas event.

Earlier Spokesman and Deputy Commander of the Islamic Republic Army for Cultural and Public Relations Affairs Brigadier General Taqikahani had said the motto of the parade would be 'We Did It.'

Meanwhile, the IRGC spokesman Brigadier-General Ramezan Sharif had earlier announced that the parade in the Persian Gulf coasts and near the Hormuz Strait would indicate that the Iranian Armed Forces are ready to carry out any operation to safeguard the country's national interests and counter any kind of threat in the strategic region.

The heroic defense of Iranian people against the imposed war on Iran by the Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath regime is called the 'Sacred Defense' by Iranians who mark the occasion annually in a week named the Sacred Defense Week. It begins with the parade of military units in Tehran and other major cities on the last day of the sixth months of the Iranian calendar year, Shahrivar 31 (it falls on September 22 in 2018).

Iraq's imposed war against Iran started on Sept 22, 1980 with bombardment of Tehran's Mehrabad Airport by the Iraqi warplanes and lasted 8 years. The enemies of Iran and the Islamic Revolution had planned to destroy Iran by waging a full-fledged war but their conspiracy was ultimately foiled by the courageous resistance of the Iranian Armed Forces and the entire nation.


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