Iranian fire-fighting tugboats extinguish the blaze on the Sirri oil platform after it was attacked by U.S. warships in retaliation for the April, 14 1988 sea-mine incident, which damaged the USS Samuel B. Roberts. (Photo Norbert Schiller)

The War Years Part III: Covering the ‘Tanker War’ From Dubai

By the autumn of 1987, Iraq was slowly getting the upper hand in the ground war and taking back some of the territory it had lost to Iran earlier in the conflict. In the Gulf waters, however, in an effort to protect commercial ships, 11 nations — most notably the U.S., the Soviet Union, Britain […]