Iran held mass funerals for those killed in the 1980s war in nuclear negotiations

Thousands of mourners poured into the streets of Iranian cities to hold mass funerals for the 250 victims of the Iran-Iraq War-the recently restored body is a testament to the scale of this brutal conflict and the lasting legacy 35 years later

Dubai, United Arab Emirates-Thousands of mourners poured into the streets of Iranian cities on Thursday to hold mass funerals for 250 victims of the Iran-Iraq war, which proves the scale of the brutal conflict and 35 years later Lasting legacy.

This patriotic event is not only to commemorate a country that is often exhausted to mourn the terrible war that caused 1 million deaths on both sides, but when the country’s diplomats held talks in Vienna, this patriotic event also demonstrated the organization of it. Tehran’s broken nuclear deal is the power of Iran’s hardliners.

With conservatives under the leadership of President Ebrahim Raisi controlling all government departments, Iran set the highest demands on the negotiating table, angering Western representatives as the country advances nuclear progress. At the same time, tensions in the entire region have increased-hostility stemmed from the support of the United States for Iraq during the Eight Years’ War.

The funeral was also held before Iran commemorated the second anniversary of the Iranian military shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane with two surface-to-air missiles, killing all 176 people on board-a tragedy that triggered riots across Iran and further undermined relations with the West.

Outside the University of Tehran, a truck loaded with flag-hung coffins crossed the street. Men in black filled the coffins, and many cried for those who died in the bloody and deadlocked war waged by Saddam Hussein and his Baath Party in 1980.

This is the first time in recent years that Iran has buried so many war victims in the 1980s at the same time. Revolutionary Guard General Hassan Hassanzadeh told National Television that Iran planned to hold a mass funeral two years ago, but it was postponed because the new crown virus pandemic destroyed the country. With the acceleration of vaccination, the infection rate has declined in recent weeks.

Thursday’s ceremony was also to commemorate the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter Fatima, when Iran’s social media was flooded with tags and pictures commemorating the Ukrainian plane crash that shocked the world on January 8, 2020. The United States was faltering on the brink of war, and the paramilitary guard denied that it shot down the plane, which eventually deepened public distrust and aroused public outrage in Iran.

This week, hardliners have been posting photos and slogans on Twitter to express their solidarity with the recovered Iranian war victims.

According to Iranian media reports, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the soldiers and expressed support to the families of the victims. President Recy, his conservative protégé, paid tribute at the funeral.

According to a national television report, the remains of most of the victims were found in the southwest border area about 400 miles away from Tehran, one of the main war-torn locations where Hussein suddenly invaded. Many people were killed in the Iranian offensive known as “Karbala 5” in January 1987-the bloodiest battle of the war killed as many as 19,000 Iranians who were trying to retake approximately 60 square miles of territory in the country .

The remains of the victims returned on Thursday have not been identified. “Unknown Martyr” is written on the tombstone. The fate of many soldiers on both sides remains unknown. For many Iranian families, the painful legacy of the conflict has been delayed by the constant waiting for news that relatives are still “missing.”

The war that shaped young theocracy after the Islamic Revolution in 1979 continued to plague Iran. Today, most senior Iranian officials have either worked hard or contributed to this huge war. The army sent a large number of young conscripts to the battlefield, including those who dropped out of high school to join the volunteer army but never returned.

The U.S.’s support of Saddam’s army during the war because Iraq fired thousands of chemical bombs at the Iranians also contributed to the continued vigilance between Iran and the U.S. today.


Associated Press writer Amir Vahdat from Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.