Iran Seeking Eternal Bliss in Battle

Despite heavy casualties, support for the Iraqi war remains high

The 6 1/2-year Iran-Iraq war has turned into one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century. Some 40,000 soldiers have been killed around the southern Iraqi city of Basra just since January. The entire death toll for the war is estimated at more than 1 million. Last week a United Nations inspection team accused Iraq of using chemical weapons against Iranian troops and civilians. Meanwhile, with the help of local Kurdish tribesmen, Iran's forces have established a new offensive in the northern part of Iraq, where the Iranians claim to have captured 185 sq. mi. of territory. Correspondent Sam Allis...

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