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Iranians remember sacrifices on Iran-Iraq war anniversary


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The conflict killed an estimated 500,000 people before a UN-brokered ceasefire ended it on August 20, 1988. After getting his high school diploma, he joined the local Basij paramilitary force, where he and other young men received training from a commando from Khorramshahr, a city in southwestern Iran bordering Iraq that was later captured and whose liberation in 1982 signalled a turning point in the war.In early 1981, a short time after the war started, he signed up for military service and was deployed into combat in two months."I joined the reconnaissance unit with a friend of mine and we were deployed to a small village that was located merely a few hundred metres away from the Iraqis' position," Bakhtiari remembers.Throughout the years, he was on many fronts, and even behind enemy lines, and sustained many wounds.First, he took a bullet in his right kneecap, which made him come back to Tehran to receive medical treatment.But he voluntarily returned twice more, before taking two more rounds in his right leg and one to his stomach.Bakhtiari remembers the agonising circumstances of his rescue back from the front lines. "Actually, a few captured Iraqi soldiers dragged me back on a stretcher.

As said here by Maziar Motamedi