Iraq: A Fifth of Scotch: $300

Life in Baghdad and at the front as the Iranians attack

For seven weeks, TIME Correspondent Dean Brelis was stationed in Iraq, reporting on the war with Iran and studying the mood of the nation as it fought to stave off the furious offensive launched by Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini. Shortly after leaving last week for Amman, the Jordanian capital, Brelis filed his impressions of embattled Iraq:

At first glance, Baghdad could not seem safer. There are color photographs of President Saddam Hussein everywhere in the capital, his beaming countenance gazing reassuringly down on his countrymen. The state-controlled television news, now broadcast in...

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