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The World : Iran Oil Terminal Crippled

September 25, 1985

Iraqi warplanes again bombarded Iran's main oil terminal at Kharg Island, virtually closing the key facility and raising the threat of a major escalation in the Iran-Iraq war, business and diplomatic sources said in Tehran. Iraq launched the raid, its 11th on Kharg Island in six weeks, in defiance of Iranian President Ali Khamenei's threat two days earlier to close the vital Strait of Hormuz if its oil exports were halted. Oil tankers must pass through the narrow strait on their way to and from Persian Gulf ports.

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