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The Iran-Iraq War
Author: Pierre Razoux

ISBN: 9780674088634
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 580
Published: 3 November 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.5 x 5.2
Description:
From 1980 to 1988, Iran and Iraq fought the longest war of the twentieth century. The tragedies included the slaughter of child soldiers, the use of chemical weapons, the striking of civilian shipping in the Gulf, and the destruction of cities.The Iran-Iraq War offers an unflinching look at a conflict seared into the region's collective memory but little understood in the West. Pierre Razoux shows why this war remains central to understanding Middle Eastern geopolitics, from the deep-rooted distrust between Sunni and Shia Muslims, to Iran's obsession with nuclear power, to the continuing struggles in Iraq. He provides invaluable keys to decipher Iran's behavior and internal struggle today.

Razoux's account is based on unpublished military archives, oral histories, and interviews, as well as audio recordings seized by the U.S. Army detailing Saddam Hussein's debates with his generals. Tracing the war's shifting strategies and political dynamics-military operations, the jockeying of opposition forces within each regime, the impact on oil production so essential to both countries-Razoux also looks at the international picture. From the United States and Soviet Union to...

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