General Mohammad Bagherzadeh, who heads the army’s Committee for the Search of the Missing in Action, called on the US to return information and documents related to the Iranian soldiers who have been secretly martyred in Iraq’s prisons during the Iraqi-imposed war (1980-1988).
“The humanitarian information of war between Iran and Iraq which were transferred by the Americans from Iraq to the Pentagon should be given back so that the fate of the group of martyrs who were secretly martyred in the jails and were buried in unknown places will become clear as soon as possible,” General Bagherzadeh said in a meeting with President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer in Tehran on Sunday.
He also underlined Iran’s preparedness to share its experiences with other countries in operations to search for bodies of those who have been killed in action.
The Iran–Iraq war was an armed conflict between Iran and Iraq, beginning on 22 September 1980, when Iraq invaded Iran, and ending on 20 August 1988, when Iran accepted the UN-brokered ceasefire.
Although Iraq hoped to take advantage of Iran’s post-revolutionary chaos, it made limited progress and was quickly repelled; Iran regained virtually all lost territory by June 1982.
An estimated 500,000 Iraqi and Iranian soldiers died, in addition to a similar number of civilians. The end of the war resulted in neither reparations nor border changes.