By: Mir M.Hosseini
On the seventh year of the Iran–Iraq War, in the winter of 1987, after the successful Karbala 5 Operation by Iranian armed forces, the Iraqi army started bombing several cities in western Iran.
On Jan, 10, 1987, around 13:00 o'clock, Iraqi warplanes bombed a primary and a secondary school in Boroujerd. 60 school children were killed during this attack.
On Feb, 1, 1987, a primary school and a high school in the city of Miyaneh were attacked by Iraqi jet planes killing 33 students. Amazingly enough, this attack was announced on the Israel Radio the day before.
These attacks on civilian targets were clear signs of Saddam Hussein's impotence in the battlefield despite all kinds of support from Arab and Western countries. U.S. and its allies had been providing Iraq with military intelligence on Iranian targets.
The western media was generally silent on such civilian massacres happening in front of their eyes. Yet, supply of chemical bombs by European countries to be used in attacks against Iranian civilians in Sardasht, and shooting of an Iran Air civilian airplane on the Persian Gulf by the U.S. Navy were some of incidents to happen in order to force Iran to a peace treaty.