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"Folly and Futility: The Iraq-Iran War 1980-1988" Topic

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Tango01 In the TMP Dawghouse18 Aug 2018 9:49 p.m. PST

"While news of wars throughout the global south often flies in and out of Western headlines with little fanfare or attention, the Iraqi invasion of Iran grabbed the attention of the Western press immediately.

When then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein initially declared war on Iran over a dubious territorial dispute, he could not have predicted the duration or the ferocity of the war that would follow. The war would last eight years, during which hundreds of thousands were killed (according to conservative estimates).

The cultural tension that existed between the new government in Iran, headed by Ayatollah Khomeini, and Saddam Hussein's Sunni Baath party government would drag a seemingly local territorial dispute onto the world stage with acts of gratuitous destruction and barbarous disregard for human life…."
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Legion 419 Aug 2018 8:44 a.m. PST

From all the accounts I have read, etc. It was like WWI with modern equipment. Neither side displayed any real tactical or technical expertise. And as we see the Iraqi military still didn't in both Gulf Wars.

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