The Gulf: A Way to Distract the Enemy

Iran and Iraq draw an independent people into their war

The 46-month-old Iran-Iraq war sputtered along last week, but in a locale far from the waters of the Persian Gulf, where 17 oil tankers have been attacked and damaged over the past four months. Iran announced that its troops had cleared 100 sq. mi. of a rugged mountain area controlled by Kurdish rebels who are supported by Iraq. In the process, Tehran said, 220 Kurds had been killed. Last week TIME Correspondent Barry Hillenbrand had a rare opportunity to visit the Iraqi...

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