Iran and Iraq were again engaged in heavy fighting in the first days of November, after iran launched its third major offensive in four months along the international border area.
1. GV & SV Iraqi tank convoy along desert road, with troops riding on tank (5 shots) 0.25
2. SV Iraqi tanks firing salvo, ZOOM TO smoke rising from target area (4 shots) 0.38
3. GV PAN Iraqi soldiers in trench, pointing PAN TO guncrew in armoured vehicle 1.41
4. GV Tanks firing from road, smoke rising from target area (3 shots) 0.54
5. GV Helicopter overhead as smoke continues to rise (3 shots) 1.03
6. GV Iraqi soldiers on hillside 1.14
7. SV Iranian prisoners with hands tied, sitting and lying on ground (2 shots) 1.37
8. GV Wounded PoW on stretcher, carried to ambulance which then drives away (2 sots) 1.52
9. GV ZOOM Mountainous terrain TO guncrew on armoured vehicle 2.02
10. GV PAN Iranian troops and armoured vehicles on hillside 2.20
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Background: IRAN/IRAQ WARFRONT
Iran and Iraq were again engaged in heavy fighting in the first days of November, after iran launched its third major offensive in four months along the international border area. The flare up came only two weeks after the Jeddah-based Islamic Conference Organisation (ICO) sent another apparently fruitless mission to Teheran and Baghdad to try to and negotiate an end to the 25 months old Gulf war. These latest battlefield pictures were taken by cameramen attached to forces on both sides. The Iraqi tape shoes tanks and troops moving into position in what was described as manoeuvre to repulse the Iranian push. These units carried out bombardments of enemy positions, using ground spotters and helicopters to co-ordinate their fire. The Iraqi High Command later reported that its forces had launched a 'lightning offensive' further north in the central sector of the front. The communique also claimed that over 4,500 Iranian troops had been killed and many others were captured and wounded. Iran named its offensive 'Moharram' after the current Moslem month mourning. These pictures are of units which tool part in the operation, launched on November 1. The Iranians said they recaptured 250 square kilometres (95 square miles) of territory and won back four military outposts in the early stages of the operation.