Issue 180 - 16 Sep 1986
The Gulf countries are in the uncomfortable position of knowing that a large-scale Iranian ground offensive against Iraq is in the offing - and being able to do nothing but wait for the blow. According to one quoted (but anonymous) senior Saudi source: "The common wisdom is that something is coming up within the next several weeks. The idea is to mount another attack that will at least embarrass the Iraqis and push further into the country." The question is not if, but when.

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