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Iraq, Iran swap 1980-1988 war dead

2011-12-11 21:59

Baghdad - An Iraqi official says Iraq and Iran have exchanged the bodies of 93 soldiers killed during their 1980-1988 war.

Mahdi al-Tamimi, an official in Iraq's Human Rights Ministry, says the remains of 90 Iraqis and 3 Iranians were returned to their native countries on Sunday during a ceremony.

Al-Tamimi says the swap at a border checkpoint near the southern Iraqi city of Basra brings the number of Iraqi bodies received since 1996 to 2 319 and Iranians to 1 476.

More than 1 million people from both sides were killed or went missing during the eight-year war.