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Iran-Iraq War

What were the events that led to the Iran-Iraq War? What was the significance of the Shiite-Sunni division within Islam that led to this war and what was the role of religious fundamentalism in these events? What was the role of the Soviet Union and the U.S. in this war and what were the consequences of this war?

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What were the events that led to the Iran-Iraq War?

The most significant events that were the catalyst for the Iran-Iraq War entailed the Iranian-supported Ad Dawah attempted to assassinate Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz. In addition to this attempt, the attackers also attempted to assassinate another Iraqi leader thereafter. This resulted in thousands of members of this group being immediately rounded up and deported to Iran as well as Shias of Iranian origin living in Iraq. Saddam Hussein also executed the presumed Ad Dawah leader Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad Baqr as Sadr and his sister.

Following these pivotal events, border skirmishes that weren't new became more ...

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The events which led to the Iran-Iraq War are discussed. The role of religious fundamentalism in the events are given.