Don’t mess with us, Isis: Iran parades its military might to mark anniversary of its Islamic revolution with coded message to terror group on its border Iranian soldiers paraded through Tehran to mark 34th anniversary of start of eight-year war with Iraq PresidentRouhani gave a speech at the ceremony, calling Iran a cornerstone of stability in the Middle East He then jetted immediately off to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly Groups from the Iranian Kurds and the Iranian Arabs walked side-by-side during the ceremony Show of military might comes as terrorist group Isis continue to make significant advances in the region By Alex Finnis for MailOnline Iran paraded its military might today in a show of force which came as Isis continued making gains in neighbouring Iraq and Syria which have taken it to within 15 miles of the border with Turkey. The Islamic Republic marked the 34th anniversary of Iraq's invasion of the country on September 22, 1980 and led to an eight-year war. Thousands of soldiers and members of the guard marched in front of the country's president, Hassan Rouhani, who gave a speech at the ceremony in Tehran. Iranian Revolutionary Guards attended the ceremony to mark the eight-year war, showing off Iran's military might Iranian Naval troops came out in force, while terrorist group Isis continued to make gains in neighbouring Iraq and Syria and moved towards the Turkish border Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (centre), prepares to give a speech as Army Commander Ataollah Salehi (far right), Revolutionary Guard Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari (far left) and Chief of the General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, Hasan Firouzabadi (second left), salute Iranian soldiers wearing ghillie suits, a type of camouflage designed to resemble heavy foliage, stand in the baking heat in Tehran Every unit of the Iranian Army was present at the parade, as well as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, pictured He called the country a cornerstone of stability in the Middle East in the face of the 'terrorists' rocking the region. Army Commander Ataollah Salehi, Revolutionary Guard Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari and Chief of the General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, Hasan Firouzabadi were other notable commanders in attendance. Every unit of the Iranian Army, as well as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps joined in the parade, remembering the war in which around half a million soldiers died. The war is known as the 'Sacred Defence', and the parade was the opening ceremony of 'Sacred Defence Week', starting at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic. A group of the Iranian Kurds, members of the Basij paramilitary force, march through the Iranian capital with guns in hand Iranian Arabs joined the Kurds, as Iran showed the unity within the country 34 years to the day after it was invaded by Iraqi soldiers A group of Iranian top officials wave while President Hassan Rouhani's plane taxis before take-off from Mehrabad airport during an official departure ceremony as he leaves for New York to attend the United NationsGeneral Assembly A military truck carries a Sejil medium-range missile past portraits of the Islamic republic's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Groups from the Iranian Kurds and the Iranian Arabs walked side-by-side during the ceremony - a display of the country's unity. President Rouhani jetted off to New York and the United Nations General Assembly immediately afterwards, and was seen off by a group of top Iranian officials. The Iranian army is made up of around 815,000 people - it has two parallel land forces - the regular army and the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution. Iran dramatically reduced its reliance on training and equipment from abroad after the war with Iraq in 1988, and the army underwent a huge restructure. Before the war it had been armed with the latest equipment from the West, including the USA, Britain and France, but during the war, as supplies ran out, they were also forced to Russia, China and North Korea. It now boasts more than 2,400 tanks, including the likes of T-72s, more than 1,500 armoured fighting vehicles, almost 900 multiple-launch rocket systems, nearly 500 aircraft and around 400 ships. Iranian soldiers salute from a T-72 tank during the huge parade, showing off Iran's army which boasts more than 800,000 soldiers Soldiers march past President Rouhani, who made a speech calling Iran a cornerstone of stability in the Middle East in the face of the 'terrorists' rocking the region A map showing Isis presence within the Middle East - the terrorist group are now within just 15 miles of the Turkish border after further advances THE ORIGINAL 'GULF WAR' WAR WHICH KILLED HALF A MILLION SOLDIERS The Iran-Iraq was lasted from September 22, 1980 to August 20, 1988 and came after years of disputes over borders and fears that the 1979 Iranian revolution would inspire a similar rebellion among Iraq's Shi'ites and that Iran may replace Iraq as the dominant country in the region. It was known as the Gulf War up until the Persian Gulf War in 1990, and is now sometimes still referred to as the First Persian Gulf War. It started with the Iraqi air force, under the orders of President Saddam Hussein, launching surprise attacks on the Iranians with formal warning, and also attacked on the ground, but they did not make much progress before being repelled by the Iranians until they had been basically banished from the country by the summer of 1982. Iran was the aggressor for the remaining six years, until the war finally ended thanks to UN-brokered ceasefire Resolution 598, which saw borders restored to exactly how they had been before the war. The final prisoners of war were exchanged in 2003. There were Iranians who fought for Iraq, and vice versa - including Iraqi Kurdish Democratic Party fighters siding with Iran. Around half a million soldiers died in total, and the war has been compared to World War I because of the brutal nature of the trench warfare, machine gun posts and forays into no-man's land. Chemical weapon use was prevalent from the Iraqi side - most famously mustard gas, which causes blisters on the skin and lungs. The war caused huge financial losses for both the Iranian and Iraqi governments - believed to be more than $500billion each, while it also significantly set back Iraq's scientific advancements.