April 8, 1987 |
Iran announced Tuesday that its forces have launched a new offensive aimed at the city of Basra in southern Iraq. Iraq said it has repulsed the attack, the first major flare-up in more than a month on the southern front. Military analysts said it was not clear whether the attack signaled the start of Iran's long-heralded "final offensive" in the 6 1/2-year-old war. But Iran, by describing the attack as retaliatory, was believed to be indicating that the offensive is limited.