enrique262: The Iranian Basij (Persian: بسيج‎‎…

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The Iranian Basij (Persian: بسيج‎‎), full name Sāzmān-e Basij-e Mostaz’afin (Persian: سازمان بسیج مستضعفین‎‎, “The Organization for Mobilization of the Oppressed”) paramilitary volunteer militia during the Iran-Iraq war.

Poorly trained and equipped, these men would usually be used in massive human wave attacks against strong Iraqi positions, leading to massive causalities similar to those of the First World War.

They were also notorious for the high number of minors among their ranks, a direct consequence of the Islamic fervor and inherent volunteer nature of this force.