Issue 327 - 14 Dec 1987
Over the past few weeks, Iran's political leaders have all been making repeated public statements in preparation for the next expected ground offensive against Iraq. The valour, enthusiasm and proficiency of the armed forces have been lavishly praised, those who suspect Iran of battle-weariness have been admonished, and the United States has been defiantly challenged to show its mettle. But beneath this apparently unanimous chorus of belligerent confidence lie sharp divisions within the ruling hierarchy which seem scarcely noticed outside Iran.

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