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The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that the US and its Western allies served as the main supporters of Saddam in his war against Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks on Monday at the annual event marking the beginning of the Sacred Defense Week, highlighting that the primary goal of the enemies was to overthrow the Islamic establishment.

Addressing a ceremony honoring one million veterans of the Holy Defense via a televised speech, the supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said Saddam and the Ba'ath party were the main elements in starting the war, but behind him were powers like the United States that suffered from the blow of the Islamic Revolution.

The United States and its allies feared that a new identity is created in the region based on religion and Islam, so they stood up to the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei stated.

Elsewhere, the supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the Soviet Union and NATO and also countries in Eastern and Western Europe were supporting Saddam's regime.

Inside the country, the situation was such that it encouraged the enemy to attack, said the leader, adding the condition of the armed forces was not good. The army had just emerged from the yoke of the Pahlavi Regime' commanders and was lining up. The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) had newly been formed. In terms of military equipment, we were extremely grappling with shortcomings. The equipment was not known to its officials, and the facilities were limited.

Honoring the veterans of the holy defense

He noted that today is the day of honoring the veterans of the holy defense, which is an excellent and essential deed.

The leader stated that those honored today endangered their lives and gave up their comfort, family, children, and future to defend the country. Ayatollah Khamenei went on to say that they defended the honor, some were martyred, and some stayed alive and continued to work.

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