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An Iraqi tanker returned safely to its Persian Gulf port after delivering the first cargo of Iraqi crude oil exported through the embattled waterway in eight years, the official Iraqi News Agency said. Last month’s “gentlemen’s agreement” between Iran and Iraq that neither side would molest the other’s shipping in the gulf appeared to be holding. The tanker Ain Zalah returned to Iraq after a 22-day journey across the gulf and through the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow entrance to the gulf, without inteference from Iranian warships. It unloaded its shipment to Aden in South Yemen.


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