The Gulf: Iraq Deals Death at Sea

New attacks come amid talk of a terrible battle

For 14 days all had been quiet in the Persian Gulf. But hopes that the brief lull in the 46-month war might continue indefinitely were shattered last week when Iraq attacked two more oil tankers near the major Iranian oil depot at Kharg Island. On land, tensions grew as Iran continued to add new recruits to an army massed along the border with Iraq that may already be half a million strong. To stress the imminence of the long-expected land offensive, Iranian President Seyyed Ali Khamenei said, "The soldiers of Islam...

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