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History of Modern Warfare Iran Iraq War 1980-1988

March 8, 2011 Leave a comment

The Iran–Iraq War, also known as theImposed War and Holy Defense in Iran, Saddām’s Qādisiyyah in Iraq, and the (First) Persian Gulf War, was an armed conflict between the armed forces of Iraq and Iran, lasting from September 1980 to August 1988, making it the longest conventional war of the twentieth century. It was initially referred to in English as the “Persian Gulf War” prior to the “Gulf War” of 1990 with the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq.

The war began when Iraq invaded Iran, launching a simultaneous invasion by air and land into Iranian territory on 22 September 1980 following a long history of border disputes, and fears of Shia insurgency among Iraq’s long-suppressed Shia majority influenced by the Iranian Revolution.

 

The Cult of a Suicide Bomber

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Robert Baer, former Middle East CIA undercover operative and the author whose bestseller See No Evil was the basis for the Syriana movie, and the man George Clooney’s character in the movie is based upon.

Robert Baer returns to his former center of operations, the Middle East, to trace the origins of the modern day suicide bomber. In this poignant documentary, Baer reveals the fascinating story of the world’s first suicide bomber, 13-year-old Hossein Fahmideh who was martyred in the Iran-Iraq war and is now a hero in Iran; and visits his highly decorated grave in the graveyard of martyrs just outside Tehran.