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Russia has been serving as a buffer between Israel and Iran amid the fighting in Syria. But Israel's restraint appears to be fraying – making the state of relations between Iran and Russia critical to managing any outbreak of fighting.
The deal to crimp Iran’s nuclear program, one of President Trump’s top bugbears, came under attack this week from another direction – Israel. What can the agreement’s strongest defenders, European nations, do about it?
In the outpouring of anger by thousands of Iranian protesters, people have died and the country's foreign policy and top leaders have been denounced. But the driving factor is the economy above all, say analysts.
The attacks on two potent symbols, parliament and a shrine to Ayatollah Khomeini, were shocking for Iranians. One result, says a Tehran analyst, will be to quiet the internal debate over the value of battling ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
The Tanf garrison used by the US coalition to train militias to fight ISIS sits on a highway Iran would like to control for its strategic advantage. Forces are gathering and shots have been fired as fundamental interests clash.
For President Rouhani to parlay his reelection mandate into real changes in Iran's 'deep state' power structure, he would need the support of conservatives. For now, that is unlikely.
Locked in a tight race, incumbent President Rouhani invokes his challenger's role in political executions. The supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has called for high voter turnout Friday, but that carries risks.
The presidential election, which has become a referendum on moderate President Hassan Rouhani's first term, has seen his conservative challengers cast themselves as champions of the working class.
The childless Sultan Qaboos, who used oil wealth to build the strategically placed nation into an important Gulf Arab player, has put in place a secretive succession process in an attempt to ensure stability, if only for the short term.
The Tomahawk cruise missiles fired at a Syrian air base were a clear message to Assad from President Trump that the use of chemical weapons would not be tolerated. They did not signal support for regime change.
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