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Photos: When will the real freedom arrive in Khorramshahr

Photos by Gholamreza Massoudi, Mehr News Agency

Iranian city of Khorramshahr was freed from Iraqi occupation 29 years ago. However, after so many years, the war-ravaged houses and buildings carry the memories of the dreadful times; and hopes and dreams of the residents are yet to be fulfilled. When will the real "freedom" come? This is a question in the minds of the people in Khorramshahr and Khuzestan as well as all Iranians.

Iranian Soldiers free Khorramshahr

Khorramshahr, formerly Mohammerah or Mohammarah, is a port city in Khuzestan Province in southwestern Iran. It is approximately 10 kilometres north of Abadan. The city extends to the right bank of the Arvand Rud (Shatt al-Arab in Arabic) waterway near its confluence with the Haffar arm of the Karun river. Estimates for the population vary widely between 338,922 (2006) and 624,321 (2005).

During the Iran–Iraq War Khorramshahr was extensively ravaged by Iraqi forces as a result of Saddam Hussein's scorched earth policy. Prior to the war, Khorramshahr had grown extensively to become Iran's primary non-oil port city, and home to some of the most sprawling neighborhoods in Iran.

Khorramshahr was occupies by Iraq on October 26 and it remained in Iraqi hands until May 24, 1982 when it was freed by the Iranian forces. Iranians celebrate this day as Liberation of Khorramshahr.


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