GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
September 22, 1980: Iraq invades Iran.

Though the reasons behind the war are complex, border skirmishes and a dispute over rights to the Shatt al-Arab waterway contribute to the warfare. Iraq seizes thousands of square miles and several important oil fields. Over an eight-year period, more than 500,000 Iraqis and Iranians die, with neither side able to claim victory.

PBS Iraq Overview
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/commandingheights /lo/countries/iq/iq_overview.html

This country report summarizes the economic development of Iraq from 1910 to the present and can be explored by category and by year.