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Iran-Iraq war: Forty years since the Middle East’s deadliest war began

On September 22, 1980, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein sent troops into neighbouring Iran. It started an 8 year war in which hundreds of thousands were killed. One of the deadliest wars in the Middle East, it was rooted in a border dispute between the two oil producing nations. While the exact number of those killed in the war is not known, at least 650,000 died, roughly two-thirds of them Iranians. While a ceasefire was called in 1988, it took 2 more years, in August 1990, for Baghdad to withdraw troops from Iran.

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