Twenty four soldiers were killed and several others injured on March 2 in the latest outbreak of fighting in the war between Iran and Iraq, Iran recently launched a fresh offensive in the Abadan and Shatt-Al-Arab areas.
ABADAN & SHATT-AL-ARAB AREA
GV PAN Front line positions outside Abadan.
SVs/GVs Troops firing from trenches.(6 SHOTS)
SVs Burning trees and building. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Shelled buildings in Abadan.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Water tower, with chalk drawing of Ayatollah Khomeini.
GV PAN Abadan oil refinery.
SV Hospital sign PULL BACK TO GV Sandbagged entrance of hospital.
GV PAN Bombed out building.
SV Banners reading: "Down with the America" PULL BACK TO GV Mosque entrance with second banner.
SV Portrait of Khomeini PULL BACK AND TILT DOWN administrative building entrance.
GV PAN Ruins in Khorramshahr.
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Background: Twenty four soldiers were killed and several others injured on March 2 in the latest outbreak of fighting in the war between Iran and Iraq, Iran recently launched a fresh offensive in the Abadan and Shatt-Al-Arab areas. Both sides claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties on each other as fighting continued around Abadan, which suffered heavy shelling, being the site of an important oil refinery. Iran admitted that its forces were making slow progress, and the parliamentary speaker, Hojatoleslam Hashemi Rafsanjani said that his country was determined to end the war by force and depose that Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, no matter how long it took. The Iranian revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, had the support of his troops, and posters appeared condemning the United States. Sources quoted by Reuters said that the Iranians had lost between fifteen and sixteen thousand men killed in battle. The town of Khorramshahr had been badly hit during the fighting and much of the area, including mosque, had been destroyed by shell fire. The war has been going on for almost two-and-a-half years, and shows no sign of ending despite appeals from the United Nations. Diplomatic efforts to end the fighting continued at the non-aligned meeting in New Delhi when Iran objected to Iraq nominating itself for a vice-chairman's post. Delegates were expected to renew their calls for a ceasefire.