Iraq, foiling Iran's attacks, calls for war reparations

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Buoyed by its success in repelling five major Iranian attacks on its vital oil port of Basra, Iraq demanded for the first time in the 23-month-old Persian Gulf war that Iran pay war reparations.

On the battlefront east of Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, Iraqi troops killed 197 Iranians in ground fighting Tuesday, Baghdad said, but Iran said it beat back the Iraqis trying to dislodge its invasion force.

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