Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 24
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's Supreme leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has emphasized the readiness of the country's armed forces to defend the "achievements of the Islamic Revolution."
Khamenei made the remarks during a meeting with senior Iranian commanders and military officials on the occasion of the "Sacred Defense Week," Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Sept. 24.
Each year, from the 1980's, the day of Iraq's attack on Iran is marked as the Sacred Defense Week in the country. The Iran-Iraq war began on September 22, 1980 with the attack of Iraqi army to Iran's Khuzestan province. The war ended on August 20, 1988 with the signing of a ceasefire agreement and the borders of the two countries remained in a pre-war state.
The week officially started on Sept. 22 with nationwide parades by various units of the Islamic Republic Army, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basij (volunteer) forces in Tehran and other cities across the country.
Commenting on the Iran-Iraq war, Khamenei said that "Iranian people's resistance during the war convinced the world that strong defense with empty hands is possible."
The eight-year war experience shows that standing against the world powers is possible with serious determination and trust in God, he added.