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Iraq, 1984Baghdad’s al-Shaheed Monument, with its eternal flame, commemorated the Arab victory over Persia at al-Qadisiyyah in 637AD. Saddam Hussein invoked that battle in 1980, before invading modern Persia, Iran. After the Iran-Iraq war ended in 1988, the monument also came to honour nearly 500,000 Iraqis killed in that conflict, in which not an inch of territory ultimately changed hands.

Iraq, 1984
Baghdad’s al-Shaheed Monument, with its eternal flame, commemorated the Arab victory over Persia at al-Qadisiyyah in 637AD. Saddam Hussein invoked that battle in 1980, before invading modern Persia, Iran. After the Iran-Iraq war ended in 1988, the monument also came to honour nearly 500,000 Iraqis killed in that conflict, in which not an inch of territory ultimately changed hands.

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