A Letter From The Publisher: Jul. 26, 1982

When the Middle East was on the verge of a second war, TIME's readers were among the first to know. "TIME has learned . .. that Iranian forces are massing for a full-scale invasion," the magazine reported two weeks ago. "Units from all over Iran .. . are moving rapidly into place." The exclusive story was the work of Time Inc. Senior Editor Murray J. Gart and TIME Correspondent Dean Brelis, who also spent five hours interviewing and touring Baghdad with the man who is the object of Iran's attack: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein....