PERSIAN GULF: The Blitz Bogs Down

Iran halts the Iraqi advance and turns the war into a punishing stalemate

Iraq's thrust into Iran came to a stuttering halt last week as both sides dug in and a rocking, punishing kind of stalemate set in. The enemies exchanged thundering barrages of artillery across the Shatt al Arab estuary. Iraqi infantrymen intent on consolidating their sliver of captured Iranian territory took heavy losses in hand-to-hand fighting for possession of three key towns and a vital port installation. Iranian Phantom fighter-bombers streaked low under the radar in deep penetration raids all the...

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