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Iran claims 25-mile thrust into Iraq, deepest point yet

Iran said Thursday its Army had driven 25 miles into Iraq and captured a town where the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers meet. It was the deepest penetration into Iraqi soil that Iran has claimed since the two Muslim neighbors began warring 41 months ago.

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Along with its battle reports, Tehran radio repeated Iran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, at the head of the Gulf, through which the Western world gets two-thirds of its oil.

''Should its interests be threatened by Iraq or powers supporting it,'' the radio said, ''Iran . . . would use all its might to close it.''

Britain has hinted it may send in warships to keep the strait open, and President Reagan told a press conference at the White House Wednesday night he would not allow the strait to be closed.

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