Costly War (II)

Iraq counts its debt

As the Iran-Iraq war approaches its third anniversary, the government of the Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini still hopes to overthrow the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who began the conflict by invading Iran. But since the fighting shifted to Iraqi territory last summer, the war has essentially remained in stalemate, characterized by fierce and bloody battles followed by long periods of inactivity. Now, however, there are reports in the Arab world that the Saddam Hussein government is hurting badly, not so much from the Iranian offensive as from the punishing cost of the war.

According to diplomats in Beirut,...

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