The Iraq Report: 40 years on, the Iran-Iraq feud remains

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In response to what the Baathists claimed were ongoing Iranian provocations, attempted assassination attempts of officials, support for separatist groups, and the shelling of border villages, the Iraqi armed forces launched a ground invasion of Iran 41 years ago, plunging both countries into a grinding war that lasted almost eight years. However, despite the war finishing almost half a century ago, its effects still run deep and have irrevocably shaped not only relations between Iraq and Iran, but the modern Middle East as we know it. Occurring almost immediately after the Shia Islamic revolut…

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