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ue uado 0y'sDj3b'4 V' n,zu &auOIN1310 aq A - gpprov d For Release 2000/08/08 : CIA-RDP96-00789R00020005.0003-2 sy" /7 -sir r7 Resumes I Gulf War Attacks Follow End DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 16-Iraq said its war planes resumed strikes on Iranian targets today, only hours after U.N. Sec- retary General Javier Perez de Cuellar left Baghdad at the end of his four-day mission to the region. Iran, in turn, said its forces had attacked Iraqi naval targets in the northern Persian Gulf. It also an- nounced that it would hold a new round of maneuvers in the Gulf of Oman starting Thursday in the re- gion where French mine sweepers -- already have begun operations. Iran also said Kurdish forces which it backs were holding their own against counterattacks in northern Iraq close to strategic oil pipeline facilities. The announcements signaled a renewal of the sea and land attacks that marked the weeks leading up to Perez de Cuellar's trip to Tehran and Baghdad, during which he The announcements _ signaled a renewal' of the sea and land attacks that marked the weeks leading up to Perez de Cuellar's trio. sought to find grounds for imple- menting a Security Council resolu- tion calling for a cease-fire in the long-running gulf conflict. An Iraqi military communique, said that its planes struck the east- ern jetty of Iran's Kharg Island oil terminal at 3 a.m. and that-a "large naval target," the Iraqi term for a snip, was hit an hour later near the Iranian coast. Later in the day, Baghdad reported strikes on the Iranian oilfields at Karang and Baghi-Malek. The, Iraqis also said -Iran had continued shelling the Iraqi city of Basra. - Iran, which previously has con= ducted naval maneuvers, Said the new; round would include speed- boats equipped "with all sorts of light' and medium-weight weapons" and ;would involve regular troops and Revolutionary Guards. ; The announcement said the ma- neuvers were designed to train for "inflicting blows on global arro- gance" of the western powers that have amassed a large fleet of war- ships in the Persian Gulf and in the 1 .?Kuwai tanker rinceJ Y U.S.._ warsll~ps, teas re- Ahmadi oil to r: after a quiet trip through the ` French " mine sweepers began working Friday in waters off the United Arab Emirates' port of Fu- jayrah, where two ships have struck mines believed to have been laid by the Iranians. British mine sweepers also are believed to be close to the area. Western diplomats in the area have said they expect a full-scale renewal of hostilities now that Perez de Cuellar's mission is com- pleted. They also have expressed fears of the conflict spilling over to envelop western warships that might get caught up in the fighting by accident. In its version of today's military action, Tehran radio said tonight that Iran's Air Force had struck several Iraqi small naval craft in the northern gulf and also had hit coast- al artillery positions. . Most recent air activity in the . gulf conflict has involved the Iraqi Air Force, since Iran's air wing, mostly supplied by the United States during the days of the late shah, is grounded for lack of spare Approved For Release 2000/08/08 : CIA-RDP96,&6~89R000200050003-2, Approved For Release 2000/08/08 : CIA-RDP96-00789R000200050003-2 A News/Editorials B Sports C Metro/Obituaries/Classified D Style/Television E Metro 2/Comics F Business Inside: Weekend Detailed index on Page A2 OCTOBER 16, 1987 Missile Thought to Be Silkworm Sets Ship on Fire Off Kuwait Prkes May Vary in Areas Outside Metropolitan Washington (See Box on A4) 25~ ran Hits U.S.-Owned Tanker By Patrick E. Tyler Washington Post Foreign Service )tJ POST Ibbs. ;ter a he 28 ;!ague sal- Anday -. un- nage- aIl its suit .ollec- s on re 1)i- con- DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 15-In its first successful mis- sile strike on Kuwaiti territory, Iran today blasted a 10-by-13-foot hole in a U.S.-owned supertanker anchored off Kuwait's main oil port, setting the ship ablaze within sight of four other tankers that had ar- rived Tuesday under U.S. Navy es- cort. U.S. officials in the region and in Washington said they believed the Iranian missile was a Chinese-made Silkworm fired from Iranian-con- trolled territory on Iraq's Faw Pen- insula, about 50 miles to the north. Kuwait immediately protested the attack to the United Nations. A Kuwaiti Defense Ministry state- ment said, "Kuwait holds Iran re- sponsible for this act." The missile attack presented the Reagan administration with a new threat of escalation in the Persian Gulf, where U.S. forces last month took military action against Iran when a mine-laying vessel threat- ened another anchorage in the cen- tral gulf used by U.S.- flag oil tank- ers and warships. In addition, the missile struck a few miles from where the U.S. Navy was preparing to moor a sec- ond ocean-going barge rigged and armed as an offshore U.S. "fort" near Kuwait-which has not grant- ed U.S. basing facilities for aircraft or warships engaged in the protec- tion of Kuwaiti shipping. Three other long-range missiles, two of them identified as Silk- worms, were fired at Kuwaiti ter- See GULF, A34, Col. 4 n attack on US.-owne(I tanker yhotcs protection's thnit4. Page A3-f , _P .r ? /U5 p'L,~c6r -) Approved For Release 2000/08/08 : CIA-RDP96-00789R000200050003-2