The heavy fighting in the Gulf war between Iraq and Iran has brought conflict to the central area of their joint border.
AREA NEAR IRAQ/IRAN BORDER (RECENT) (REUTERS)
GV Damaged street
TRAVELLING SHOT Past collapsed and damaged buildings
GV Abandoned tank by road-side
GV Armoured personnel carrier approaches past troops
CU PULL BACK TO SV Portrait of Ayatollah Khomeini in soldier's gun barrel. Group of Iranian soldiers
GV AND SV Anti-aircraft gun. Shells being loaded ready for firing (2 shots)
GV AND SV Guns fire as troops watch from embankment (2 shots)
GV Columns of smoke rising
GV AND SV Wounded Iranian soldiers helped away from front by comrades (2 shots)
GV Ambulance takes wounded over pontoon bridge
GV AND SV INTERIOR Wounded in hospital (5 shots)
SCU ZOOM INTO CU Iranian soldier speaks. Young soldier by his side
CU PULL BACK TO GV Sign reading "The Cemetery of Iraq's Baathists Aggressors"
SV AND GV Iraqi graves
TRANSCRIPT: MAN "These people here... these people come here to fight. They've left their houses... because they want to come here, just to fight the Iraqis. Your country is now helping Iraq... right? But why? You see these people... how old is he? How old is this guy... he's 14 or something. He has come here to fight. He has left his mother, he has left his father. What about the Baathists? It's because we've got them here, the Baathists in Teheran. Why is your government helping a country who is forcing her soldiers to come and fight us?"
Background: The heavy fighting in the Gulf war between Iraq and Iran has brought conflict to the central area of their joint border. Both sides have admitted that the occupying Iraqi Army has mounted a counterattack around the mountains of Gilan-e-Garb. Towns and villages along the border in Iran have been destroyed as the fighting intensifies. The Iranians have suffered the greater number of casualties in the war. After sixteen months of fighting, the Iranians are having problems resupplying their troops. Most of their equipment is US-made and now out of date. The number of casualties is mounting each day. Boys of no more than 14 can be found alongside grown men in the Iranian border forces. One young man spoke angrily to a French group travelling along the war zone, describing the anger of the Iranian people; and the reason why 14-year-old boys are ending up in the army.