INTRODUCTION: The Iraqi High Command has cast doubt on the authenticity of Iranian claims of success in a renewed offensive.
GV PAN Iraqi tanks advancing near Susangerd (2 shots)
GV Smouldering armoured vehicles (2 shots)
GV Iraqi tanks and infantry in war zone
GV PAN Iraqi helicopter flying low over desert and firing missile (2 shots)
GV Missile explosion
GV Ambulance standing by
GV Smoke on horizon
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Iraqi High Command has cast doubt on the authenticity of Iranian claims of success in a renewed offensive. This follows the release of a communique in Baghdad on Friday (9 January). It was the first official repudiation of Iranian claims to have killed hundreds of Iraqis in an offensive which started near Ahwaz on Monday (5 January) and which has since spread to all major fronts in the three month old war. The Iraqis say they've killed 150 Iranians in recent fighting, but the Iranians countered with claims that the Iraqis, in a raid on Ahwaz, used napalm and chemical bombs.
SYNOPSIS: Iraqi television released this film of its forces in the Susangerd area, just one of the many areas that have been involved in fierce fighting with the Iranians since the beginning of the Iran offensive on Monday. The Iraqis have denied that the Iranians had major victories during their initial advance.
An Iraqi High Command communique reported on Friday that their fighter planes have made eights raids on military targets in the Susangerd area. In all two Iranian jets were shot down and almost 150 Iranian soldiers killed in heavy fighting on several fronts. The planes were shot down south east of Susangerd, near the Iranian controlled Ahwaz, the capital of Khuzestan province. The communique reported Iraqi air raids inflicted heavy losses in life and equipment on the Iranians, and that the Iranians had again attacked their positions despite heavy losses incurred in the last few days. Total Iraqi losses in the combined operations were put at 17 killed, with two tanks and several military vehicles damaged.
The Iranians acknowledged fighting on all fronts, but accused the Iraqis of using napalm and chemical bombs in an attack on Ahwaz.