Islamic Republic of Iran Army

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Islamic Republic of Iran Army
ارتش جمهوری اسلامی ایران
The seal of the Islamic Republic of Iran Army
Country  Iran
Allegiance Supreme Leader of Iran
Part of Armed Forces
Garrison/HQ Tehran
  • Army Sacrificed for Nation, Army For Nation
  • All for one, One for all, All for Iran
Anniversaries 18 April
Chief Commander Major General Ataollah Salehi
Commander of Ground Force Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan
Commander of Air Force Brigadier General Hassan Shah-Safi
Commander of Navy Flotilla Admiral Habibollah Sayyari
Commander of Air Defense Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili

Islamic Republic of Iran Army (Persian: ارتش جمهوری اسلامی ایران‎‎; Artesh) acronymed AJA (Persian: آجا‎‎), is the "conventional military of Iran"[1] and part of Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The army is tasked to protect the integrity of Iranian state from external and internal threats and to project power[1] and has four separate forces: Ground Force, Air Force, Navy and Air Defense Force.[1]

Islamic Republic of Iran Army Day[edit]

IRIA soldiers marching in formation.jpg

The Iranian Government makes a show of military force on Iran Army Day with parades every 18 April, often demonstrating new defense technologies.[2][3][4]

The former Supreme leader of Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini named 18 April as Army Day, calling for military parades to exhibit the nation's military preparedness.[5] The Iranian military honors the country's National Army Day by annual military parading in many cities of Iran every 18th day of April. The biggest march is held in front of the mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b c Simon, Rita J.; Abdel-Moneim, Mohamed Alaa (2011), A Handbook of Military Conscription and Composition the World Over, Lexington Books, pp. 152–153, ISBN 0739167529 
  2. ^ Iran's Annual Army Day Parades,; accessed 29 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Deputy top commander: Iran standing against threats powerfully", United Press International; accessed 29 November 2015.
  4. ^ "'We are not after war, we are after logic': Iran's president Rouhani reaches out to the West as army displays show of strength", Daily Mail Online; accessed 19 November 2015.
  5. ^ Islamic Republic of Iran Army Day Islamic Revolution Document Center