IRAN-IRAQ WAR MAR-JUN 1984

Created: 6/28/1984

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I. IRAN-IRAQ: vorz IRAC1 ATTACKS IN THE GULF

1. IRAN-IRAQ: HTJRE IRAQI ATTACKS IN THE GULF

//IRAN PROBABLY WILL RETALIATE AGAINST SHIPPING BOUND FOR THE ARAB STATES OF THE PERSIAN GULF IN RESPONSE TO INCREASING IRAQI AIRSTR'KES NEAR KHARK ISLAND.

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THE LONDON SHIPPING PRESS REPORTS THAT CHARTER RATES FOR TANKERS LOAOING AT KHARK ISLAND, WHICH BEGAN TO OROP AT THE END OF LAST WEEK. APPROACHED THEIR PREVIOUS HIGHS AFTER IRAQ RESUMED ATTACKS ON SHIPPING SUNOAY.I

HE LATEST RAID. CLOSELY FOLLOWING THE ATTACK ON SUNDAY, SEEMS TO REFLECT AN IRAQI DECISION TO ACCELERATE ATTACKS AGAINST SHIPPING. IRAN IS LIKELY TO RETALIATE IN THE NEXT-FEWTTACK COULD CAUSE CHARTER ANp INSURANCE RATES FOR KHARK ISLAND TO RISE TO NEW HIGHS.

//IRANIAN PREPARATIONS FOR AN OFFENSIVE CONTINUE DESPITE DEEP DIVISIONS AVONG IRANIAN LEADERS OVER WHETHER IT SHOULD TAKE PLACE. AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI. HOWEVER, HAS COMMITTED HIS PRES IGE TO AN OFFENSIVE AND TO CONTINUING THE WAR.

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