Fighting in the Gulf war continued on the weekend (18 & 19 October) with Iranian planes in action against Iraqi troops who are still advancing on the oil city of Abadan near the Shatt al-Arab waterway.
GV Tanks firing from entrenched positions in the Karun River region.
SV Debris on road with smoke from oil fire in background.
GROUND TO AIR VIEW Jet fighter flying overhead.
SV Iraqi troops sitting in foreground with smoke in distance. (2 SHOTS)
LV PAN Jet flying overhead.
SV Iraqi soldiers lying down during air attack. (2 SHOTS)
SV & GV Smoke in distance with Iraqi troops on the alert in foreground. (2 SHOTS)
CU INTERIOR President Saddam Hussein seated on couch embracing young man in battle dress in Baghdad, Iraq. (2 SHOTS)
SV & LV President walks out of office and crowd applaud. (2 SHOTS)
CU President handing out boxed toys to children and fathers and children in baghdad.
CU President Hussein kissing young children on their heads. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Fighting in the Gulf war continued on the weekend (18 & 19 October) with Iranian planes in action against Iraqi troops who are still advancing on the oil city of Abadan near the Shatt al-Arab waterway. For a week Iraqi forces have been pouring into the region across a pontoon bridge on the Karun River, But now the bridge has come under attack from Iranian aircraft and artillery.
SYNOPSIS: The Iraqis have been shipping tanks and other heavy equipment across the make-shift river bridge to step up their offensive on nearby Abadan.
Since the war began more than a month ago the city has been under almost constant bombardment, first from across the Shatt al-Arab and now from artillery which completely surround it. But the Iraqis have often come under air attack from American-built Iranian aircraft Phantom fighters which have tried to destroy the bridge and check their advance. Last week the Iranian defending Abadan pushed the Iraqis back six miles (10 Kilometres) form the city entrance after an Iraqi unit tried to storm the city by night. Since then the Iraqis have intensified their rocket and artillery barrage. Iranian air attacks have so far had little effect on the encircling armies.
Reports of fierce hand to hand fighting have come from further north at the port city of Khorramshahr. Iran's Supreme Defence Council has decided to rename the city Khuninshahr or "city of blood"in honour of what it called the "epic defence of the people". But unless the Iranian in both Khorramshahr and Abadan receive outside support it will be only a matter of time before the cities fall.
Meanwhile Iraqi President Saddam Hussein appears to be resigned to fighting a long drawn out war. The 44-year-old President told his armed forces in a television speech that they were fighting for the right and honour to awaken the Arab nation from its slumber and disgrace. The President, filmed handing gifts to children in Baghdad has offered to stop the fighting and start negotiating with Iran -- but Teheran has so far refused to accept his terms for a cease-fire.
Iran has repeatedly said it will not agree to a cease-fire while Iraqi troops are on its territory. On Sunday (19 October) revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini warned Iranians to stand by for a declaration of a "Jihad" or holy war against Iraq.