As intense fighting continued in the Iraq/Iran war, Western journalists were taken on a tour by Iraqi authorities, along the battle zone on July 20.
Iraqi troops firing rockets. (3 SHOTS)
GV Camera crews filming wreckage of Iranian tanks, with bodies in tank. (3 SHOTS)
SV Captured Iranian foot soldiers.
SV Iraqi officer speaking (English)
GV Iraqi soldiers give victory sign and stand on portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini. (2 SHOTS)
SV Dead Iranian soldiers.
GV Iraqi prisoners leave train, surrounded by jeering Iranian soldiers. (3 SHOTS)
SV Prisoners are given papers and get on bus. (2 SHOTS)
SV Prisoners on bus with Iranian guard.
GV PAN Iraqis preparing for air raid by Iranians. (2 SHOTS)
GV Smoke rising from bombed building.
TV Police cars rush to scene of bombing.
GV & TV Police at bombed building. (3 SHOTS)
GV Women and children walk in front of damaged building.
GV Bulldozer clearing rubble from bomb-damaged building.
TV People and police at bomb site.
IRAQI OFFICER: (of Iranians) (SEQ 4) "They come to die. No plan, not with the military minds. Just come to die."
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Background: As intense fighting continued in the Iraq/Iran war, Western journalists were taken on a tour by Iraqi authorities, along the battle zone on July 20. The camera crews filmed the wreckage of almost 15 Iranian soldiers had not been removed from tanks, which had been destroyed by the Iraqis. the bodies of Iranian soldiers had not been removed from the tanks, which were mainly British Chieftains or Soviet-made P55s. More than 200 young Iranian soldiers had been taken prisoner by the Iraqis and were being held outside the strategic oil port of Basra, just inside the Iraqi border. An Iraqi officer said the Iranians, many of them teenagers, were attacking in suicide formations. Iraqi troops showed their contempt for their opponents in the 22-month-old Gulf war by trampling on a portrait of Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The portrait had been captured with Iranian troops. In Iran, dozens of Iraqi prisoners, surrounded by jeering troops, were loaded onto buses to be moved to camps. Both sides in the Gulf war have claimed victories. But the reality of the bombing in Iraqi cities and border areas continues, with both sides suffering casualties in the fresh offensives which were launched since the Iranians moved into Iraqi territory.