The Iranian thrust into Iraq, begun on July 13, now seems to have bogged down.
SV Volunteers disembarking from buses.
SVs Volunteers being embraced and kissed by friends and family. (6 SHOTS)
GV Volunteers running toward induction centre.
GV & SV Volunteers on parade watched by family. (2 SHOTS)
GV Man praying.
SV Volunteers having names taken. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK SV Men holding pictures of Khomeini and other religious leaders.
GV Volunteers running with equipment.
GV & SV People waving fists and chanting slogans. (3 SHOTS)
SCU Mother and child watch from gateway.
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Background: The Iranian thrust into Iraq, begun on July 13, now seems to have bogged down. The push towards Iraq's second city of Basra has been contained by Iraqi forces. Authorities in Teheran still say their forces hold 158 square kilometres of Iraqi territory. In the latest fighting on August 2, Teheran Radio said Iranian forces beat off an Iraqi attack east of Basra. The radio also said sporadic shelling was continuing. Iraq, for its part, reported heavy fighting in the northern sector of the front, and said 167 Iranians were killed. The war has put a new burden on Iranian manpower. The authorities in Teheran have began a major campaign to boost army strength. So far, thousands of youths from Teheran and elsewhere have answered the call. They have rushed to volunteer for what is being described as a holy war. Chanting slogans and clutching portraits of Ayatollah Khomeini and to her religious leaders, they display determination and military fervour. But so far, on both sides, about 50,000 men have died and thousands of prisoners have been taken, many of them teenagers. Relatives farewelling these young men have to suppress thoughts that the same fate may befall these new soldiers.