Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:36AM
The photo shows the body of one of the 175 Iranian divers whose bodies were recently retrieved some 30 years after the end of the Iraq-Iran war.
The photo shows the body of one of the 175 Iranian divers whose bodies were recently retrieved some 30 years after the end of the Iraq-Iran war.

Iran is making a film to pay tribute to 175 military divers whose bodies were recently recovered some 30 years after the end of the Iraq-Iran war.

“Sana Sadeqi has written the screenplay for the film and Sa'eed Chari will direct it,” said the producer Mohammad Azadi-Mehrabani, adding that the shooting will start in early October.

According to Azadi-Mehrabani, ‘175 Divers’ will present a detailed portrayal of Operation Karbala-4 and the sacrifices made by Iranian troops to defend their country.

The bodies of the 175 Iranian military divers were recovered along with those of 95 other martyrs back in May.

Some of the retrieved bodies had their hands tied and bore no scars, indicating that they were buried alive by the forces of the former Iraqi Ba’ath regime during Operation Karbala-4.

Operation Karbala-4 was launched under the cover of darkness in late December 1986, and was meant to give Iranian forces a foothold along the Arvand Roud waterway in the country's southwest. The Iranian troops would go on the offensive once across the waterway, and move onto the Iraqi port city of Basra. However, the operation did not go as planned.

The deposed Iraqi Ba’ath regime was notified of Operation Karbala-4 mainly through US intelligence operatives.