What Happened During The Iran-Iraq War? (And What Caused It?)

Revisiting the deadly conflict

Grant Piper

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(Public domain)

On September 22nd, 1980, Iraq launched a surprise attack on their neighbor Iran. Aircraft went screaming over the border, and explosions tore up strategic airfields. The initial bombings were the prelude to a broad attack across a 400 mile front. Iraqi troops poured into Iran, starting a war that would last…

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Grant Piper

Professional writer. Amateur historian. Husband, father, Christian.