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March 20, 1986

The Iraqi government denied a Syrian charge that it was behind a truck-bomb explosion last week in Damascus, the official Iraqi news agency reported. The explosion in the Abbassien Square area of the Syrian capital, near a compound occupied by Soviet advisers, reportedly killed or wounded more than 200 people, although the toll reported by Syrian officials was much lower. Iraq and Syria are ruled by rival wings of the Baath Socialist Party and have long differed over ideological, political and economic issues.

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