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The United States said it has sent a high-level delegation to Iraq to press for compensation that Baghdad promised to families of American sailors killed in the 1987 attack on the frigate Stark. State Department spokesman Charles Redman said the delegation was led by Abraham D. Sofaer, the department’s legal adviser, to persuade the Iraqis to pay the claims. After an Iraqi warplane fired two Exocet missiles at the Stark in the Persian Gulf on May 17, 1987, Baghdad promised to pay compensation to the families of the 37 sailors killed. The U.S. government presented its claims last April, asking Iraq to pay each victim’s family $800,000.


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