Iran: June 27, 2002

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: more crackdowns on journalists who write "un-Islamic" material. 

The government has been cracking down on Iraqi ships using Iranian coastal waters to smuggle oil out of Iraq and prohibited goods into Iraq. This was done quietly, and the UN naval patrol in the gulf  got the message when they noted Iraqi smugglers using smaller boats for smuggling because the larger ships were being stopped and searched by Iranian navy patrol ships. The government has made no announcement about the change in policy, which will hurt Iraqi dictator Saddam  Hussien (who gets a large cut of smuggling

 

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