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.
During the war, Iranian soldier sits beside his bride (Iranian woman) and wears the military uniform in his wedding party. On the left side, a Mullah reads Islamic marriage vows for the bride and groom.
Iranian soldier right after his marriage is sent to the battlefront. Here is the goodbye's moment for the Iranian woman.
Iranian soldier as a sign of his religious belief wears a kind of headband on which the names of Shia's Imams were written.
Iranian soldier neutralizes one of the Iraqi landmines.
Iranian woman holding her baby counts the days until her husband comes back.
Iranian soldier and other soldiers do them every day tasks in a trench warfare.
Iranian woman holding a brazier waits for her husband's arrival in front of their home.
Iranian soldier is murdered by a member of Monafiqeen organization (People's Mujahedin of Iran) in front of his wife's eyes.