Iraq, Iran swap remains of 61 soldiers: defense ministry

The remains of four Iraqi soldiers were repatriated to their homeland on December 15, 2021. (Photo Iraqi defense ministry)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraq and Iran swapped the remains of 61 soldiers killed in the 1980-1988 war between the two neighbors, the Iraqi defense ministry said on Wednesday.

In a statement, Iraq’s defense ministry said it received remains of four unidentified “martyrs” found in the Iranian territories.

The remains of 57 Iranian soldiers were also handed over to Tehran, the ministry added. Thirty-three of them were identified, it continued.

The remains were found during a joint search operation in the provinces of Basra and Maysan, the Iraqi ministry stated.

Several exchange ceremonies have been held in past years, with hundreds of remains being transferred to their home countries under a joint agreement they signed in Geneva in 2008.

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