Former commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards Mohsen Rezaie gives a talk in Tehran in this May 11, 2005 file photo. (REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/Files)
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Iran laid to rest 175 military divers in an emotional public funeral ceremony Tuesday, almost three decades after they were captured in war with Iraq and, according to Iran's military, were buried alive.The public gathering, commemorating a war that continues to shape Iranian politics, followed a more intimate ceremony Monday evening where mourners read passages from the Koran and laid flowers on the divers' coffins.Pictures in Iranian media last month showed the bodies, still dressed in diving gear and their hands crudely tied with wire, being dug up from the Iraqi side of the river border, scene of some of the heaviest fighting, and returned to Iran.The war ended two years later in 1988, with the borders unchanged and more than a million dead.
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