Amadeusz Juskowiak

Iran claims new victories near basra

Iran said its forces had captured one of Iraqs strongest fortifications east of Basra on the Gulf War southern front in a major battle overnight

The Iranian National News Agency received here said Iranian forces smashed four Iraqi brigades killed or wounded 1500 Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 45 enemy tanks and personnel carriers

IRNA said the Iranian troops seized one of the strongest Iraqi fortifications and breached Iraqi defence lines southwest of Fish Lake 10 kilometres six miles east of Iraqs second largest city of Basra