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Iran marks 40th anniversary of Sacred Defense Week

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Ghanbar Naderi
Press TV, Tehran

Iran is observing the Sacred Defense Week on the 40th anniversary of the start of Iraq’s imposed war on the Islamic Republic.

The annual event honors those who sacrificed their lives during eight years of resistance against the invading forces loyal to dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980s.

On the first day of the week, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei addressed the top military brass and war veterans via video conference.

The Leader said the Iranian nation achieved a clear-cut victory during the war. He said the war showed that any aggression against Iran will have a huge cost for the enemy and that the war also revealed the true nature of the West, which supplied the Iraqi dictator with various weapons including chemical arms.

That is a sentiment also shared by the country’s top military commanders, who described the sacred defense as part of Iran’s national identity that safeguarded its sovereignty.

Every year, the Iranian Armed Forces hold military parades across the country, including in the Persian Gulf, to mark the anniversary.

This year the coronavirus pandemic has made authorities cancel the parades.

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