Iran and Iraq exchange remains of 31 soldiers from the 1980-88 war: ICRC – World

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Published on October 07, 2021 8:02 am

Iraq and Iran on Wednesday exchanged the remains of 31 soldiers killed in the 1980-88 war.

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq and Iran on Wednesday exchanged the remains of 31 soldiers killed in the 1980-1988 war between the two countries, which have since become allies, the Red Cross said.

“Under the auspices of the #IKRK, the remains of eleven Iraqi and 20 Iranian soldiers were returned to their respective home countries today,” said the International Committee of the Red Cross on Twitter.

The exchange took place at the Shalamcheh border post in the Basra region in southern Iraq.

“We will continue to support the responsible authorities in providing answers to the families of the #missing,” has been the motto since the United Nations-brokered ceasefire that ended the war.

Several exchange ceremonies have taken place in recent years, with hundreds of remains being returned to their home countries under a 2008 agreement with the ICRC.

“It has been over 30 years since the end of the conflict and thousands of families on both sides remain in the dark about the fate of their loved ones,” the ICRC said in April.

The war cost hundreds of thousands of lives on both sides, but Iran has grown in influence in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003 that overthrew Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.


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