Persian Gulf: Drums Along the Border

After nearly two years of war, Iran is poised into invade Iraq

As the Israeli siege of Beirut turned last week into an anguished negotiating drama over the withdrawal of the Palestine Liberation Organization, ominous events were taking shape in another part of the Middle East. TIME has learned that American reconnaissance photographs of the 700-mile border between Iran and Iraq show that Iranian forces are massing for a full-scale invasion. Units from all over Iran, including eight divisions formerly posted on the Soviet border, are moving rapidly into place. U.S. experts believe...

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