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The Gulf Tanker War

Iran and Iraq’s Maritime Swordplay

  • Authors
  • Nadia El-Sayed El-Shazly

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Nadia El-Sayed El-Shazly
    Pages 1-17
  3. Nadia El-Sayed El-Shazly
    Pages 18-44
  4. Nadia El-Sayed El-Shazly
    Pages 82-113
  5. Nadia El-Sayed El-Shazly
    Pages 114-161
  6. Nadia El-Sayed El-Shazly
    Pages 162-200
  7. Nadia El-Sayed El-Shazly
    Pages 201-259
  8. Nadia El-Sayed El-Shazly
    Pages 260-304
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 343-403

About this book

Introduction

In the 1984 Tanker War, Iraq used its superiority in airpower as an instrument in naval warfare, in a strategy designed to end combat. Iraq hoped to weaken Iran's economy and internationalize the war to force it to cease fighting, or remove the government; negotiations would follow, with Baghdad in a position of strength. Although the Iran-Iraq War was first and foremost a ground war, an argument can be made that the Tanker War contributed to the 1988 ceasefire.

Keywords

conflict economy government Iran strategy war

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