Persian Gulf: Sandy Flies and Corpses

Iraq holds the line, but Khomeini plans to step up the war

Under the cover of darkness last Wednesday night, the invading Iranian forces of the Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini launched a large-scale artillery barrage that lit the eastern sky. Tanks rushed forward in long columns, flanked on either side by Iranian Revolutionary Guards carrying rifles with fixed bayonets. Thus resumed the fierce battle for Basra, Iraq's second largest city, which lies only 14 miles from the Iran-Iraq border. Once again the fighting involved tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides, and in scope and intensity resembled the desert battles of...

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