The Gulf Carnage in the Marshes

Iraqi fire power crushes an Iranian offensive, but the war goes on

They lay as they had fallen, crumpled and now frozen in death, dust-covered mounds in the flat expanse of the gray-brown desert. There were hundreds of them, Iranian infantrymen who had fought and died. A column of Iraqi tanks, their spotlights flickering through billows of thick dust, churned past the bodies toward the east; the roar of their engines blended into a continuous hum. As outgoing rounds of 130-mm artillery shook the windows of his headquarters nearby, Iraqi Major General Sultan Hashem Ahmed told a group of reporters: "There are no Iranian soldiers on Iraqi territory--not even one."

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