A mass funeral was held in the Iranian capital, Teheran, on August 4 of 26 revolutionary guards and militiamen.
GV Coffins of revolutionary guards being carried along street (2 shots)
SV Woman mourner and children in funeral cortege
SV revolutionary guards carrying wreaths in procession in front of coffins
SV Mourners beating their breasts
GV Procession continues along Teheran streets
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Background: A mass funeral was held in the Iranian capital, Teheran, on August 4 of 26 revolutionary guards and militiamen. They were killed during the recent Ramadan offensive, which was launched in mid-July to overthrow President Saddam Hussein of Iraq. The offensive had marked the end of the Moslem fasting month, and swept Iranian forces well inside Iraqi territory. Iraqi sources said they had produced superior fire power--in part from a claimed aircraft strength of up to 280 planes -- to move down fanatical hordes of teenaged Iranian revolutionary guards. The official Iraqi news agency said its country's forces had killed more than 200 Iranian troops in one night in late July during clashes east of Basra, Iraq's second largest city. Western observers said one upshot of the Ramadan battles appeared to be that Iran had dropped the issue of President Hussein's overthrow from its list of demands in the mediation process to end the Gulf war.