The violent raid on Camp Ashraf Tuesday is seen as an assertion of Iraqi sovereignty – and of Iran's growing influence on its neighbor.
Thousands of people clashed with security forces in the streets after a symbolic 40-day period since the death of protesters. Thirty years ago, such protests helped bring down the Shah.
Iran's theocracy, wary that mourning can turn to political protest, shuts down commemoration for opposition "martyr."
In a striking move Tuesday, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei personally called for a detention center to be closed, citing mistreatment, while President Ahmadinejad sanctions repressive tactics.
Iraq flexes its muscles at Camp Ashraf and shows military independence from America, as the Iranian exile group's long strange trip draws to a close.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates reassured Israelis that the offer to talk to Tehran isn't open-ended, but some caution that Obama's basic policy on the issue has not changed.
Growing unease over conditions of detention for hundreds is helping opposition organize, and exposing some splits in Iran's conservative ranks.