DIPLOMACY: Now It's Iran vs. Iraq

Clashes and provocations between two hotheaded Persian Gulf neighbors

Though it remained essentially a propaganda war, the quarrel between those traditional rival powers of the Middle East, Iran and Iraq, threatened last week to turn into open warfare. Following several days of mounting tensions, sporadic clashes broke out across the 700-mile Iranian-Iraqi border. Then, to the momentary alarm of capitals around the Middle East, an air battle erupted in the border area between Iraqi helicopter gunships and several Iranian Phantom jets and helicopters. There were also reports of increased military activity at...

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