Iraqi prisoners held captive in Iran have been permitted to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Iraqi army (6 January).
GV, LV PAN Armed guards watch as prisoners play volleyball behind barbed-wire fence (2 shots) 0.24
SV PAN; CU INTERIOR Assembled prisoners listening to prayers being read in makeshift mosques (2 shots) 0.44
CU Pictures of Ayatollah Khomeini and other religious leader 0.48
CU Iraqi prisoner telling prayer beads 0.53
CU Prisoner addressing the meeting PAN TO writing on the wall 1.08
TV Prisoners chant 1.21
CULL PULL BACK TO SV Armed guards outside building 1.34
Iraqi prisoners held captive in Iran have been permitted to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Iraqi army (6 January). They were allowed to attend a religious service held inside a makeshift mosque in the camp where they are detained, and they were addressed by their own comrades. The Iraqi soldiers were captured during the 16 month-old war, which has been largely confined to a strip of territory just inside the Iranian border with Iraq. Teheran radio has reported capturing several hundred enemy soldiers during the latest stage of the fighting, following an Iranian counter-offensive in the central mountainous zone of Gilan-e-Gharb. The Iranians claim to have killed nearly 400 Iraqis in fighting during recent days.
Source: REUTERS - MAHMOUD OSKOUI