The Gulf War between Iran and Iraq continued unabated on Wednesday (24 September) with each country inflicting heavy blows on each other's key economic installations.
TRAVEL SHOT Smoke coming from bombed oil installation at Basra in Iraq. (3 SHOTS)
GV Smoke whirls from another bombed installation.
GV Deserted chemical refinery in Basra.
TRAVEL SHOT Black smoke over horizon.
TRAVEL SHOT Iraqi forces on patrol in armoured vehicles.
GV Iraqi patrol boat in gulf. (4 SHOTS)
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Background: The Gulf War between Iran and Iraq continued unabated on Wednesday (24 September) with each country inflicting heavy blows on each other's key economic installations. Iranian jets bombed the Iraqi city of Basra, and three northern cities, while the Iraqis continued to advance on land into Iranian territory. By Thursday (25 September) Iraq claimed to have captured the key port of Khorramshahr. Up to Thursday there was no sign of peace. The Iraqis say they'll not negotiate with the US or Israel, but would accept initiatives from any other quarter. The main Iraqi demand is that Iran accept its claim to complete control over the Shatt al-Arab region.
SYNOPSIS: Smoke billowed from oil installations at the strategic Iraqi port of Basra. It was an easy target for Iranian jets which bombed the city on Wednesday (24 September). The Iraqis say the Iranians also hit a hospital in the raid. The Iranian air raid on Basra is one of a series inside Iraq, aimed at knocking out key economic targets.
On the other side of the city two more columns of smoke rise from another burning refinery.
This deserted petro-chemical plant escaped damage, but it lies idle after Western workers, including British technicians, fled the fighting. All indications are that the Iranian raids are hitting the mark and inflicting considerable damage.
These armoured vehicle patrols by Iraqi forces are part of the larger Iraqi land force which believes it has the supremacy on the ground, and that it will only be a matter of time before the Iranian air power is neutralised. In the Gulf, Iraqi patrol boats take to the sea in the battle for the disputed Shatt Al-Arab waterway; a dispute which the whole world is watching with apprehension.