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    MISAN PROVINCE, IRAQ/TEHERAN, IRAN

    Claims and counter-claims have been fired between the warring sides in the Gulf war almost faster than bullets.

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    IRAQ TV (Feb 7)
    1. GV Tanks drive across desert (2 shots) 0.08
    2. LV Explosion and smoke rising on horizon 0.10
    3. GV Helicopter circles over head 0.17
    4. GV Explosion and black smoke in distance 0.19
    5. GV PAN Helicopter flying low, crashes in cloud of smoke 0.28
    6. GV Helicopter in distance 0.34
    7. GV Desert battleground (2 shots) 0.40
    8. SV Man looks through binoculars at troops in sand (3 shots) 0.50
    9. GV Iraqi soldiers escort prisoners (4 shots) 1.20
    10. GV Foot soldiers advance across desert 1.22
    11. GV AND SV Prisoners escorted along trenches (2 shots) 1.31
    IRAN TV (Feb 9)
    12. CU Khomeini poster 1.35
    13. SV PAN Iraqi prisoners 1.44
    14. GV PAN Large hall of prisoners wave fists and shout slogans (3 shots) 2.04
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    Background: MISAN PROVINCE, IRAQ/TEHERAN, IRAN

    Claims and counter-claims have been fired between the warring sides in the Gulf war almost faster than bullets. For the Iraqis, President Saddam Hussein warned Iran that its forces would be courting death and degradation if they continued to attack Iraq. He advised Teheran's rulers to take a lesson from their bitter experience in the Misan border province, where Iranian forces launched their latest offensive on February 6. The following day, Iraqi battlefield commander Lieutenant-General Hisham Sabah Al-Fakhri claimed the offensive had been crushed. He said Iraqi helicopter gunships had destroyed a number of enemy tanks and personnel carriers. All Iraqi jet fighters had returned safely to base. One Iranian observation post and several ammunition dumps had also been destroyed. The general insisted that almost 7,000 Iranians were killed and scores more were taken prisoner. Two days later, the Iranians made similar counter-claims. Teheran Radio said 800 Iraqis had been killed or wounded in the operation, which was launched to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The radio, qouting a military communique, said several high-ranking officers were among Iraqis taken prisoner. Iranian forces also claimed to have recovered 250 square km (100 square miles) of territory, and seized three military outpost inside Iraq. The official news agency, Iran, quoted Parliamentary Speaker Hojatoleslam Hashemi Rafsanjani as saying Iran would continue its latest offensive until President Saddam Hussein was overthrown. He announced that Iran would not ask for war reparation if an Islamic republic was established in Baghdad.

    Source: IBTE AND IRIB

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF0XYS3GWNQGVUWTOBKJ6Q865O
    Media URN:
    VLVAF0XYS3GWNQGVUWTOBKJ6Q865O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/02/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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