The Oral History of Iranian and Iraqi POWs is being compiled.



7 September 2011

Mashhad- The Head of Holy Defense POW Documents Compilation Office said: "The Oral History of Iranian and Iraqi POWs is being compiled."
"Following the orders of the Supreme Leader and The Commander In Chief, The Oral History of Iranian and Iraqi POWs is being compiled in the framework of Imam Sajjad (PBUH) project for the usage of future generations from all available audio, visual, and written materials such as papers, books and others." Asghar Azizi said on the anniversary of returning POWs home in Mashhad.
The member of Commission for the Exchange of POWS continued: "The exchange of POWs happened from August 17th to September 15th 1990 and during this period 38000 Iranian POWs returned home.
He added: "from this quantity, 21000 were missing people and 17000 were registered POWs and equal to this number Iraqi POWs were exchanged and returned to their country.
He said: "In Iraqi camps 570 Iranian POWs were martyred whose bodies returned home in July 2001 after negotiations with Iraqi officials."
The head of Iraqi section of Commission for the Exchange of POWS continued: "These bodies were exchanged with 1114 Iraqi soldiers who had died in Iranian camps."
Azizi added: "The negotiations for the exchange of POWs and Missing soldiers lasted till the fall of Saddam's regime in 2003 in Iran, Iraq and Swiss."
He said: "Martyred General Hussein Lashgari was one of the most important Iranian POWs who returned home in Nowruz of 1377 SH (March 1998)."
He added: "After the fall of Saddam's regime based on the investigations done in Iraq and finding no live Iranian POW there, the rest of missing bodies were known as martyrs."
He added: "Now, we still have some negotiations in order to find other martyrs and dead Iraqi soldiers based on the existing maps and statistics to bring our martyrs bodies home as much as possible."


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