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Iraqis step up their arsenal with Soviet SS-12 missiles

Iraq has taken delivery of long-range, Soviet-made SS-12 missiles, diplomatic sources here said Tuesday. The SS-12s, with an effective range of up to 500 miles, mark a major enhancement of Iraq's arsenal, the sources said. Iraq already has shorter-range, Soviet Scud-B and French Exocet missiles.

Iraqi officials and news media have repeatedly said Iraq would hit at Iranian oil installations and other targets if Tehran launched an expected new offensive in the 40-month-old Gulf war.

Iran has said thousands of volunteers were heading for the front for what Tehran newspapers have called ''the final blow'' to Iraq.

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