INTRODUCTION: The fiercest clashes for the last three months have been taking place recently in the war between Iran and Iraq.
GV Bazi-Beraz mountain showing bunkers built into slopes.
SV ZOOM OUT Bunker with bodies of two Iraqi soldiers in front. (2 SHOTS)
GV View of mountain.
SV Iranian soldiers near bunker. (2 SHOTS)
SV Cameraman photographing captured Iraqi position.
SV Iranian soldiers. (2 SHOTS)
TV & GV Captured Iraqi tanks and military vehicle.
SV Captured Iraqi weapons.
SV Captured Iraqi loader. (2 SHOTS)
GV Armed Iranians standing on rooftops in Nodsheh village. (3 SHOTS)
SV Kurdish children standing on roof.
GV ZOOM OUT Kurds standing on rooftops.
CU Local people with rifles.
GV People walking down street.
GV ZOOM OUT View of Nodsheh.
SV Line of captured Iraqi tanks on display at Kermanshah.(2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Iranian soldiers driving captured Iraqi tanks. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The fiercest clashes for the last three months have been taking place recently in the war between Iran and Iraq. An Iranian military report on Monday (11 May) said its troops had killed or wounded 64 Iraqi troops on the southern and western Gulf war fronts during the previous 24 hours. And Iraqi reports the same day claimed they had killed 82 Iranians in the fighting, and shot down a helicopter over the Susangerd area.
SYNOPSIS: Film just received from the Iranian front shows the strategic northern mountain of Bazi-Beraz, which was recently recaptured from the Iraqi army. According to Iran's President, Abolhassan Bani-Sadr, 1,000 Iraqis have been killed or wounded on the western front in recent weeks.
Western military analysts say both armies have reinforced their frontline positions as the countryside dries out after winter rains. But there have been no clear signs of an imminent spring offensive by either side. Iranian leaders have frequently said they have no strategic objectives in the war, apart from regaining all occupied territory.
Mr. Bani-Sadr has so far rejected any peace settlement that does not condemn Iraq as the aggressor. Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran's revolutionary leader, and his followers, want to see Iraqi President Saddam Hussein ousted and punished as a precondition for peace. This demand goes beyond the scope of the Islamic and non-aligned missions now trying to arrange a ceasefire.
Iranian forces have also claimed victories in the clashes with Kurdish rebels in the north. This is the Kurdish village of Nodsheh, captured by Iran's Revolutionary Guards on May the 5th. The Iranian News Agency Pars reported that 40 "counter-revolutionaries" were killed.
A non-aligned peace mission on Monday (11 May) flew from Teheran to Baghdad, where it described its visit as "very fruitful and positive". The peace mission comprises the foreign ministers of Cuba, India and Zambia, and a spokesman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz was reported to have told the mission that his country was willing to co-operate in the search for a peaceful and honourable settlements. The mission, and two similar teams, have visited Iran and Iraq before, but have failed to bring the two sides to the conference table.