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Iraqis step up their arsenal with Soviet SS-12 missiles

Iraq has taken delivery of long-range, Soviet-made SS-12 missiles, diplomatic sources here said Tuesday. The SS-12s, with an effective range of up to 500 miles, mark a major enhancement of Iraq's arsenal, the sources said. Iraq already has shorter-range, Soviet Scud-B and French Exocet missiles.

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Iraqi officials and news media have repeatedly said Iraq would hit at Iranian oil installations and other targets if Tehran launched an expected new offensive in the 40-month-old Gulf war.

Iran has said thousands of volunteers were heading for the front for what Tehran newspapers have called ''the final blow'' to Iraq.

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