NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
24th September, 1980 : The simmering border war between Iraq and Iran flared into full-scale hostilities today, with Iraqi troops and tanks crashing across the border in a dawn thrust to encircle Abadan. Tonight the oil refinery at Abadan, the world’s largest, is blazing, its tanks ruptured by Iraqi artillery and bombs. The Iraqi attack, after months of border trouble, which culminated last week with the revocation by Iran of the 1975 border treaty, was obviously carefully prepared and on a large scale. As well as Abadan and its port of Khorramshahr, the Iraqi army, well -equipped with weapons from Russia, has struck at a number of places further north where it claims to have advanced up to ten miles into Iranian territory.