In the early 1980s both Iran and Iraq attacked commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf region. But in 1984 the sharp increase in Iraqi attacks heralded a new phase of conflict: the so-called Tanker War. Since then hundreds of commercial vessels from more than 30 countries have become floating targets in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.

These statistics about the Tanker War are estimates. On-site reports about attacks and accidents in the region vary. In the early 1980s both Iran and Iraq attacked commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf region. But in 1984 the sharp increase in Iraqi attacks heralded a new phase of conflict: the so-called Tanker War. Since then hundreds of commercial vessels from more than 30 countries have become floating targets in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.

These statistics about the Tanker War are estimates. On-site reports about attacks and accidents in the region vary. In the early 1980s both Iran and Iraq attacked commercial vessels in the Persian Gulf region. But in 1984 the sharp increase in Iraqi attacks heralded a new phase of conflict: the so-called Tanker War. Since then hundreds of commercial vessels from more than 30 countries have become floating targets in the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman.

These statistics about the Tanker War are estimates. On-site reports about attacks and accidents in the region vary. SOURCE: Center for Defense Information