Iraq Hits More Ships in Gulf 

Iraq claimed eight more attacks on Iran-bound shipping in the Gulf during the past week with independent confirmation being so far available for only two by MEES press time on Friday.

On 7 January, the 14,495-ton Panamanian-registered bulk carrier Topaz Express was struck by an Exocet missile some 9O miles southeast of Kharg Island. The ship was on its way out of the Gulf after unloading cargo at Bandar Khomeini. None of the crew members were...