The Gulf Now, the War of the Cities

Bombs hit Baghdad and Tehran as fighting roils Iraq's marshes

After months of stalemate and relative inactivity, the 4 1/2-year-old war between Iran and Iraq was on again last week with an intensity not seen since last year's bloody land battles. This time the teeming capitals of the two countries, Tehran and Baghdad, were among the targets. Iraqi jets struck Tehran and at least a dozen other Iranian cities. While Iranian artillery zeroed in on the Iraqi port city of Basra and ground forces launched an offensive in the vast Huwaiza marshes of southern Iraq, aircraft raided Baghdad. When a huge explosion shattered part of the 13-story Baghdad headquarters of Iraq's...

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