The Gulf: Acts of Desperation

THE GULF The war on shipping heats up as Iran and Iraq widen their struggle

"The day is coming closer," Iraq's President Saddam Hussein boasted last week, when his country will have the weapons to destroy Iran's big oil terminal at Kharg Island. He was probably exaggerating Iraqi capabilities, but his words were enough to send cold chills through Reagan Administration officials, who are still pondering how to deal with this latest and most dangerous phase of the 44-month-old war between Iran and Iraq. Saddam Hussein's fighting words also marked a resumption, after a...

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