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The Holy Defense

Iran, Tehran 2011.

The Iran-Iraq War was an armed conflict between the armed forces of Iraq and Iran, lasted from September 1980 to August 1988, made it the longest conventional war of the 20th century. The war began when Iraq invaded Iran, launched a simultaneous invasion by air and land into Iranian territory on 22 September 1980. Over a million Iranian and Iraqi soldiers and civilians died during the war, and each country suffered from economic losses of more than US$500 billion. The border between the two countries remained unchanged.

The following photos are from the Holy Defense Week exhibition which is celebrated annually in Iran to commemorate those who died during the Iran-Iraq War.