The Gulf war entered its twelfth day on Friday (3 October) with fighting continuing for control of the key oil port of Khorramshahr.
GV Iraqi armoured personnel carriers with troops aboard drive through desert country, allegedly in Iranian territory on way to Khorramshahr. (2 shots)
SV Tank gun fires PAN TO Shell exploding in distance, PAN Countryside and tanks in battle formation
GV Machineguns firing towards town and column of smoke (3 shots)
LV Soldier fires anti-tanks weapon from hillside, tanks gun fires (2 shots)
GV Explosions and fires in distance (2 shots)
SV Iranian prisoner, tied up and sitting on ground
SV Wounded soldier carried on stretcher (2 shots)
GV Tanks moving past palm trees and tanks moving forward across open ground. (3 shots)
GV Tanks gun fires
GV Vehicle on fire
GV Iraqi troops get off armoured personnel carrier and begin shooting
GV Soldiers move forward, firing at building (3 shots)
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Background: The Gulf war entered its twelfth day on Friday (3 October) with fighting continuing for control of the key oil port of Khorramshahr. From Iran and Iraq have come claims and counter claims about who id winning the war. At first the Iraqis said they had taken Khorarrmshahr but the iranians said the invaders were on the retreat.
SYNOPSIS: The Iraqi offensive is concentrated in this area, the Iranian side of the Shatt al-Arab waterway. Baghdad says Iraq is well in control and has actually taken the port city of Khorramshahr where this Iraqi Television film shows them in action.
They say they have sealed the city off to prevent counter attack. There was no proof of that though and evacuees from the front said heavy street fighting was continuing in the city. Some reports suggest it is all the iraqi can do to maintain the ground they have captured.
Iraq's military information office was to have escorted newsmen into the city to show the ground that had been won, but the trip was cancelled for the second day running.
Iraq claimed that it had achieved its main objectives in Iran and would now concentrate on consolidating its gains.
The war had already cost many lives and the casualty rate in the fighting here has been high. Iran said it had forced Iraqi troops to retreat and that fierce battle were raging in the other major towns of the oil-producing south-west.
The Iranian military claimed the fighting was confined to areas close to the border along the Shatt al-Arab waterway. In Teheran the iran Pars news agency reported that some parts of the city had been set on fire by retreating Iraqi troops. One of the mysteries of the war is that Iraq has so far only used a fraction of its full military potential. Planes and tanks are believed to be lined up, deliberately kept out of the fighting. Iraq said it had ordered its force on to the defensive, apparently suspending its drive to capture the oil-producing city.