The Gulf: Threatening the Lifeline

Missiles hit tanker after tanker as the Iran-Iraq war takes a new turn

"Very dangerous, very worrying," declared an official in Bahrain. If anything, that was an understatement. In the Persian Gulf last week, no tanker was safe from missile fire as the 43-month-old war between Iran and Iraq took an alarming new direction. For months, Iraq's President Saddam Hussein had been threatening to attack any vessels using Iran's big oil-exporting facility at Kharg Island. The government of Iran's Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini had vowed, in turn, that it would respond to such an...

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