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Friday, March 21, 2003
 
THE FAO ARCHIPELAGO

Al-Jazeera reports on the significance of the fall of Fao. During the Iran-Iraq war, the Iranians captured the archipelago which allowed them to gain control over Basra and its environs in April 1988 and considerably lengthened the war's duration. The Iraqis only succeeded in recapturing the area with the assistance of the Saudis, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, Egypt and the USA. The report also notes that in a 1986 battle in the area the Iraqis exploited their superiority in the air to employ chemical weapons, including nerve gas, attested to by the large number of empty atropine containers found in the area when the Iranians withdrew.


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