As the Arab State members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) were meeting in Bahrain and trying to find a peaceful solution to the Iraq-Iran war, hundreds of soldiers were dying on the Iraqi battlefield.
LV PULL BACK PAN TO SV & GV Smoke from exploding shells, Iraqi troops watching fall of shot from trench, more exploding shells. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Troops carrying ammunition up hillside. (5 SHOTS)
GV & SV Smoke from exploding shells, with tanks carrying out artillery barrage. (7 SHOTS)
GV Machine gun post in action.
GVs Tanks and machine gunners firing at enemy lines. (6 SHOTS)
GV Troops disembarking from jeep.
GV Iraqi troops drag bodies to one place. (3 SHOTS)
(MUTE) GV Motorcade with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein arriving.
SV President Hussein inspects troops then walks to dug out shelter. (2 SHOTS)
SV INTERIOR Hussein looking out from shelter.
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Background: As the Arab State members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) were meeting in Bahrain and trying to find a peaceful solution to the Iraq-Iran war, hundreds of soldiers were dying on the Iraqi battlefield. Iran had launched an offensive opposite Misan (formerly Amarah) Governorate and by November 7 Iraq conceded the push had taken Iranian forces up to five kilometres (three miles) into its territory. The following day, according to an Iraqi High Command communique,its army foiled a new Iranian dawn attack in the east of the country and forced the Iranians to flee. Tanks and machinegunners, supported by helicopter gunships counter-attacked, and reported the destruction of five Iranian tanks and other equipment. The communique listed 1,350 Iranians as killed in the battle, with a further 348 dead in other areas on the same front. Iraq's President Saddam Hussein has been a regular visitor to the war zone. His morale boosting inspections come at a time when Iraq faces financial ruin from the 25-month-old conflict. Already Baghdad has borrowed up to 30 billion dollars to sustain the war effort, and is now believed trying to negotiate a further loan of 500 million dollars from Western bankers.