The border between Iran and Iraq remains tense and the death toll from skirmishes in the region continues to rise.
GV Picture of Ayatollah Khomeini on flag-pole TILT DOWN TO gates of the American embassy in Teheran, PAN TO machine-gun post outside gates.
GV OF Iranian speaker talking to demonstrators. PAN TO the demonstrators shouting pro-Khomeini slogans
CU Picture of the Revolutionary Guard killed PULL OUT TO people standing around picture.
GV More pro-Khomeini demonstrators at funeral procession. (2 SHOTS)
GV Funeral cortege passing down Teheran street with flowers covering the tops of the cars. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: The border between Iran and Iraq remains tense and the death toll from skirmishes in the region continues to rise. In Teheran, two Revolutionary Guards killed near the border were given a hero's funeral procession through the streets of the city.
SYNOPSIS: The portrait of the Ayatollah Khomeini dominated the scene outside the occupied United States embassy where the mourners laid some of the blame for the deaths, and the tension with Iraq, on United States policies in the region. Both Iraq and Iran accuse the United States CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) of provoking the tension. The mourners, also proclaimed their fervent support for their spiritual leader.
The violence in the south and west of Iran which has led to the deaths of a number of Revolutionary Guards has centred on a variety of issues. There have been bombings and other incidents over the issue of independence for the oil-rich area known by the secessionists as Arabistan. Sabotage against oil installations in the region has been blamed on Iraq which has in turn accused Iran of infiltrating saboteurs to undermine the authority of Baghdad government.