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Blessed bodies of seven sacred defense era pilots arrive in Mash’had

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Mash’had, Oct 25, IRNA -- Blessed bodies of seven sacred defense era martyred pilots arrived in Mash’had Wednesday, and were received warmly by people, police, and military force personnel and commanders.

According to the IRNA correspondent in Mash’had, the blessed bodies of these respected martyrs which were further sanctified at the holy Shrine of the 8th Shi’a Imam Ali ibn-Mousa al-Reza (P) would be transferred on Thursday to Razavi courtyard of the holy shrine, where the Arafa day prayer would be performed and the pious people of Mash’had would bid them farewell, after which they would be flown to Tehran.

The Managing Director of Khorassan-e Razavi Province Sacred Defense Works Preservation and Publication Foundation General Mohammad Ahrari told Iran, “After arrival in Holy Mash’had, the blessed bodies of these martyred pilot who were martyred in various operation during the eight years of sacred defense (against the invading Iraqi army of Saddam Hussain), including during the early years of the Iraqi imposed war, were initially received at the Air Defense Barracks of Northeast Iran and the Mash’had Air Base, where they were respected by their Air Force brethren in a special memorial service.”

General Ahrari added, “The bodies of these martyrs were recently discovered along with those of some unidentified martyrs by inquiry teams of the military forces and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).”

He said that the identity of four of these martyred pilots are identified as Emir Lieu tent Martyred Pilot Khaled Heydary, Emir Lieu tent Martyred Pilot Qodratollah Kianjou, Emir Lieu tent Martyred Pilot Mohammad Salehi, and Emir Lieu tent Martyred Mohammad Haji, while the identity of the remaining three martyred pilots would be identified after further DNA tests.

General Ahrari said Emir Lieu tent Pilot Heydary was martyred during the very early days of the Iraqi imposed war.

The Iran–Iraq War, also known as the First Persian Gulf War, was an armed conflict between Ba'athist Iraq and Iran lasting from September 1980 to August 1988, making it the longest conventional war of the 20th century. It was initially referred to in English as the 'Persian Gulf War' prior to the 'Persian Gulf War' of the early 1990s.

The Iran-Iraq War began when Ba'athist Iraq invaded Iran, launching a simultaneous invasion by air and land on September 22, 1980, motivated by fears of Shi’a Islam insurgency among Iraq's long-suppressed Shi’a majority influenced by the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Iraq was also aiming to replace Iran as the dominant Persian Gulf state. Although Iraq hoped to take advantage of the revolutionary chaos in Iran and attacked without formal warning, they made only limited progress into Iran and were quickly repelled by the Iranians, who regained virtually all lost territory by June 1982. For the next six years, Iran was on the offensive.

Despite calls for a ceasefire by the United Nations Security Council, hostilities continued until 20 August 20 1988. The war finally ended with United Nations Security Council Resolution 598, a ceasefire brokered by the United Nations which was accepted by both sides. It took several weeks for the Iranian armed forces to evacuate Iraqi territory to honor the pre-war international borders between the two nations set by the 1975 Algiers Agreement. The last prisoners of war were exchanged in 2003.

The war cost both sides in lives and economic damage: half a million Iraqi and Iranian soldiers, as well as civilians, are believed to have died in the war, with many more injured; however, it brought neither reparations nor changes in borders. The conflict has been compared to World War I in terms of the tactics used, including large scale trench warfare with barbed wire stretched across trenches, manned machine-gun posts, bayonet charges, human wave attacks across a no-man's land, and extensive use of chemical weapons such as mustard gas by the Iraqi government against Iranian troops, civilians, and Iraqi Kurds. At the time of the conflict, the UN Security Council issued statements that 'chemical weapons had been used in the war.'

However, due to various outside pressures, the statements never clarified that only Iraq was using chemical weapons, and retrospective authors have claimed, 'The international community remained silent as Iraq used weapons of mass destruction against Iranians as well as Iraqi Kurds.

Courtesy: Wikipedia for the background on the Iraqi imposed war

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80386039

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