Persian Gulf: A Costly, Bloody Stalemate

No chance of victory, and no hope of peace, in the Iran-Iraq war

The latest battlefield in the long, murderous war between Iran and Iraq is a 50-mile front from Dezful in Iran across the border to the Iraqi town of Amara. There, beginning on Nov. 1, an Iranian force of about 20,000, mostly fanatical Islamic Guard units and including some basij, or groups of teen-age zealots, staged a new offensive. Attacking at night to neutralize Iraq's overwhelming air superiority, and sticking to the high, steep terrain that favors Iranian manpower over Iraqi firepower, they claim to have captured 210 sq....

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