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Iran–Iraq War

Iran Air Flight 655

Saturday Jul 2, 1988
Strait of Hormuz, near Qeshm Island, Iran

the USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655, killing 290 passengers and crew. The lack of international sympathy disturbed the Iranian leadership, and they came to the conclusion that the United States was on the verge of waging a full-scale war against them, and that Iraq was on the verge of unleashing its entire chemical arsenal upon their cities.


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