Iraq Noisy Threats, Silent Guns

The war drags on without any sign of an Iranian offensive

Even as the tales of covert diplomacy continued to emanate from Washington, Tehran and elsewhere, the debilitating and indecisive six-year-old war between Iran and Iraq dragged on. Twice last week Iraqi warplanes struck deep into Iran, hitting first a petrochemical complex at the port of Bandar Khomeini and then an oil refinery and a power station in Isfahan. In response, Tehran Radio announced that Iranian artillery units would retaliate by shelling targets in southern Iraq. The station warned Iraqi civilians to evacuate Basra, Iraq's second largest city, as well as Umm Qasr, at the head of the Persian Gulf, and Khanaqin,...

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