The Gulf: Making Up

The U.S. and Iraq renew ties

To Iraq, the U.S. was the worst of imperialists, a country run by Zionists and hypocrites. To Washington, Iraq was an international menace, second only to Libya as a haven for terrorists. Yet despite the two governments' name-calling and mutual suspicion throughout the 1970s, a tentative courtship between the Reagan Administration and the regime of Saddam Hussein has been quietly blossoming in recent years. Now the two countries are about to resume diplomatic relations, broken off by Iraq during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

According to Administration sources, the resumption of ties will be effected next week,...

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