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More planes, more missiles, more warships: Iran increases its military budget by a third

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has commanded that President Hassan Rouhani allocate 5% of Iran's budget to military spending.
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A motorcyclist looks at an Iranian-made Ghadr-F missile during a war exhibition held by Iran's revolutionary guard to mark the anniversary of the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), also known in Iran as the "Holy Defence", at Baharestan square near the Iranian Parliament in southern Tehran September 23, 2011. A portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen on right

The supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, announced the general policies of the Sixth Development Plan to the Iranian president on June 30. All the major policies of the country are managed according to these development plans, which are published every five years. In the Sixth Plan, the section about strengthening Iran’s defense and security stands out as noteworthy.

In this section, Khamenei ordered the administration and the armed forces to:

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