Iran-Iraq War begins, Sept. 22, 1980
This week in 1980, tension over a disputed waterway flared into armed conflict between Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and the relatively young Islamic Republic of Iran. The Iran-Iraq War would end in stalemate after nearly eight years of fighting and an estimated one million to two million deaths.
“Iraq said its warplanes bombed Tehran’s Mehrabad airport and eight other Iranian air bases today,” reported a United Press International story in the Sept. 22, 1980, Ukiah Daily Journal of Ukiah, Calif. “Iran said it retaliated by striking two air fields in Iraq and threatening to sink any merchant ships heading to Iraqi ports.”
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In a Sept. 24, 1980, article, The Progress of Moshannon Valley, Penn., explored the Cold War posturing about the conflict between the two oil-rich countries. Soviets Blame U.S.
On Sept. 25, 1980, The Gettysburg Times of Gettysburg, Penn., published a map and photos of the hot zone for the growing conflict. Iran-Iraq War Continues