Seyyed of Quarters 15 (22)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
Manouchehr had broken ears and for being more comfortable, reported the news of quarters and prisoners’ conversations to the Iraqis. I said to myself that what the hell I have done. But surely the Iraqis hated anyone or anything that cause order and spirituality among the captives. On that day, the camp commander came.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (21)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
Smoker prisoners could neglect whatever but the cigarettes. Iraqis gave ‘Winston’ cigarettes to the prisoners. Tobacco and cigarette papers were separated. With greed, the smokers wrapped tobacco with papers and then wetted the end of paper with their tongue to stick together.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (20)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
At the first day of school, my brother, Seyyed Hojat, took my hand and we went to school together. A few days ago, my older brother, Jaber, had enrolled me in Reza Pahlavi School . At the first day of school, many had worn new clothes. A few of students came with their parents. Two or three of students had taken their fathers and mothers hand and were close to tears. We queued.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (19)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
Seyyed Mojtaba Jasemi, Gholam Reza Fooladi, and Hossein Asadzadeh were prisoners of quarters 14. Jasemi who was one of engineer support troops in Abolfazl Battalion of Lorestan, had been captured on July 23rd 1988. For reconnoitering the location of Iraqis, Seyyed Mojtaba along with three other colleagues went ahead with a Land Cruiser and near the Kalehdavood strait, they encountered with Iraqis ambush. By Iraqis shooting, their car caught fire and they jumped out. Seyyed Mojtaba said that one of his colleagues died a martyr there and others severely injured.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (18)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
A few days had passed, and I had seen a few of the prisoners sat together and talked. One of them was Akbar Karami, deputy of Meghdad brigade. They all walked together and exchanged some words when we were taken outdoors to take in fresh air. Then, little by little, I found out that Mahdi Palang, Azizi, who was from Kangavar, and Heydari, one of commanders of Kerend-e Gharb battalions, were friends of Karami. Azizi was an old man and religious. He always repeated the name of God as a prayer. I realized they are trying to control and guide other prisoners.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (17)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
We were on the way a few hours until reached a camp. Like Jalula camp, I saw soldiers are waiting for us with cables and batons, when got off the IFA truck. My arms and back still hurt because of previous blows of cable and baton in the Jalula camp. I took my hand in front of my face. I received a dozen blows of batons until I reached to the entrance of the quarters. We all were sat down in five queues. One of the officers came in and stood next to us.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (16)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
There was not much traffic on the road. Sometimes, a military vehicle came close from the opposite side of road and passed. After about two hours, we reached to one of their headquarters. A few other prisoners added to us. One of the soldiers asked us to hand over everything we had. I did not have anything. The others gave their watches and money. We moved off again. It was now dark and a light was seen from far away.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (15)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
The evening on the 27th July 1988, it was sixth days we were displaced and in the state of siege. I decided to return to the location of brigade. Turning to others I said, "If we want to survive here we have to provide food and water for ours. Who is ready to go with me to the brigade?"

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (14)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
We were in Qasr-e Shirin to Gilan-e Gharb road and close to the defile of Imam Hassan (AS) Shrine, when the Iraqis suddenly appeared. They were not far away of us more than thirty or forty meters. We run toward the mountain. The Iraqis, who knew they will lose us in Bazideraz Mountains, began to shoot us with heavy machine-gun and DShKM on tanks. We run faster and hid in one of grooves of Bazideraz slopes further than the previous location. We were out of Iraqis sight.

Seyyed of Quarters 15 (13)

Memories of Iranian Released POW, Seyyed Jamal Setarehdan
At the beginning of 1988, no good news was heard from the front. Iraqis had operations in the Faw , Shalamcheh and Majnun Islands and taken back the region from the Iranian forces. We spent days with bad news until Iran accepted the Resolution and ceasefire was declared in the region. It was commanded that we went back one line and took only individual equipment with ourselves. Some fighters were happy and said the war has been over and we will return to our homes very soon. As delivering his grenades to the armory, one of fighters said: "we go back to rest, because ceasefire has been declared."
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