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Iraq announces Attack on Camps, Railroad Track, Tunnel

May 26, 1986

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ An Iraqi warplane crashed Monday inside Iran during a series of air attacks on two army camps, a railroad track and a tunnel, a war communique said.

The communique, broadcast on state-run Baghdad radio, said Iraqi warplanes flew 99 combat missions against Iran on Monday.

Iran claimed its air defenses shot down the plane while Iraq said the jet had a malfunction and that it would hold Iran responsible for the safety of the pilot. It did not elaborate.

The war communique said Iraqi warplanes scored accurate hits on the Ein Khosh and Hameed army camps in the southern Khuzistan province across the central sector of the 733-mile war front.

Iraqi jets also attacked the Qutor tunnel near the Iranian-Turkish border and a railroad track. The communique did not say where the railroad track was located.

Iran and Iraq have been at war since September 1980, and both sides estimate at least 100,000 people have died in the fighting.

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