Iran Death to Just About Everything

Khomeini's newly confident forces prepare for another offensive

The country is an international pariah, isolated from much of the world and at odds with both superpowers. Its ruler is an 86-year-old cleric who lives in near seclusion. For almost six years, it has been mired in a grinding and inglorious war that seems to drag on without end. Reduced to using 20-year- old technology against an enemy that boasts six times as much combat aircraft and four times as much artillery, it has lost an estimated 250,000 lives and still spends $7 billion a year to keep up the fight.

Yet for all its problems, Iran under the Ayatullah...

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