Seventeen Iranian soldiers were buried with full military honours in Teheran on February 16.
GVs Funeral procession of war dead, headed by people carrying wreaths and large portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini
GV Coffins draped with Iranian flags, being carried shoulder high by troops through streets
GV AND SV Mourning women in black (3 shots)
TOP VIEWS Coffins being carried through streets, and large crowd chanting and raising fists (6 shots)
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Background: Seventeen Iranian soldiers were buried with full military honours in Teheran on February 16. The coffins, draped with Iranian flags, were carried shoulder-high by members of the armed forces to the Shahi Motahari mosque, where the funeral service was held. A crowd of about 6,000 had gathered to watch the funeral procession, which was preceded by a group of soldiers carrying a huge portrait of the Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Grief-stricken women in the crowd were far outnumbered by angry, fist-waving men chanting anti-Iraq slogans. According to Iraqi military sources, over 15,000 Iranian soldiers died in an Iranian offensive launched against the Southeastern Iraqi province of Misan at the beginning of February. Iran has issued counter-claims of success in this latest episode of the Gulf war, and recently charged that Iraq was secretly holding over 3,000 Iranian prisoners. The figure would bring to almost 10,000 the total number of Iranians held in Iraqi prison camps.