World: The Road to Khorramshahr

Iraqi military authorities suddenly limited the war zone to visiting journalists last week. Though there was no official explanation, the motive seemed obvious: in the space of little more than a week, an apparently unstoppable Iraqi advance had, in fact, been halted and transformed into a stalemate in which the Iranians were more than holding their own. Before the ban, TIME Correspondent William Drozdiak was able to catch the change in the war firsthand in repeated visits to Basra, and near Khorramshahr in occupied Iran. His report:

Despite the shrill peal of air-raid sirens...

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