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27/03/2015

Complex US-Iran ties at heart of complicated Mideast policy (Iran Leaders Are Hard To Love)

Filed under: riflessioni — Paolo Porsia @ 8:17 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. and Iranian diplomats gather at a Baroque palace in Europe, a historic nuclear agreement within reach. Over Iraq’s deserts, their militaries fight a common foe. Leaders in Washington and Tehran, capitals once a million miles from each other in ideological terms, wrestle for the first time in decades with the notion of a rapprochement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Yet the old adversaries are locked in a proxy war across an ever more volatile region. In Syria, the United States arms insurgents seeking to oust the Iran-backed government. In Lebanon, the Palestinian territories and elsewhere, Iran supports militant groups determined to end Israel’s existence. And now in Yemen, the U.S. is backing a military intervention by Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia against a Shiite rebellion aided by Iran.

Nothing is simple amid the overlapping fault lines of Sunnis and Shiite, Arabs and Persians, Muslims and…

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