Iran Celebrates Soldiers Slain During War With Iraq

On Thursday Iran carried out state funerals for a number of Iranian military people killed during the Iraq-Iran War (1980-1988) earlier this week. Thursday’s funerals were held on the premises of the University of Tehran attended by Iranian political and military officials.

After funerals are held in other Iranian provinces (including Eastern Azerbaijan, Isfahan, Kermanshah, and Khurasan), the remains of 135 slain soldiers located by the Iraqi authorities earlier this year will be buried.

During the 1980s, the two countries fought a devastating conflict that left hundreds of thousands dead and resulted in economic losses estimated at $1 trillion.

Relations between Baghdad and Tehran improved after the dethrone, of the Saddam Hussein regime after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. Since then, the two countries have continued to exchange the remains of slain soldiers under an agreement brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross, According to Anadolu Report.

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