(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The commander of the missing in action (MIA) search committee of Iran’s Armed Forces General Staff said remains of over 500 martyrs of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in the 1980s have been repatriated to the country over the past year.
Speaking to reporters in the southwestern province of Khuzestan on Sunday, General Seyed Mohammad Baqerzadeh said the remains of 536 Iranian martyrs have been repatriated from Iraq in the current Iranian year (March 20, 2016 – March 20, 2017)
The official made the remark on the sidelines of a ceremony to repatriate the remains of 165 Iranian martyrs from Iraq at Shalamcheh border crossing, Khouzestan.
“The pure bodies of martyrs repatriated (today) through the Arvand international waterway were unearthed over the past days,” Baqerzadeh said.
Iraq, under former dictator Saddam Hussein, invaded Iran on September 22, 1980, imposing an eight-year war on its eastern neighbor.
During the war, a huge number of Iranian volunteers joined the armed forces to defend their country against the Iraqi aggressor under the leadership of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.
The Iraqi imposed war is commemorated in Iran every year as the eight years of Sacred Defense.