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Iraq, foiling Iran's attacks, calls for war reparations

Buoyed by its success in repelling five major Iranian attacks on its vital oil port of Basra, Iraq demanded for the first time in the 23-month-old Persian Gulf war that Iran pay war reparations.

On the battlefront east of Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, Iraqi troops killed 197 Iranians in ground fighting Tuesday, Baghdad said, but Iran said it beat back the Iraqis trying to dislodge its invasion force.

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