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The Attack on the Saudi Embassy Made Easy

Jan 4, 2016 | 18:21 GMT
Iranian protesters set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran on Jan. 2 during a demonstration against Saudi authorities' execution of prominent Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
(MOHAMMADREZA NADIMI/AFP/Getty Images)

Absent specific intelligence, it would be difficult to prove that Iranian officials ordered the attack on the Saudi Embassy. However, they created an environment that encouraged and facilitated the attack and then failed to take action to stop it until significant damage had occurred. The Jan. 2 decision to close theological schools across the country turned loose the most likely demographic to protest: males in their late teens and early 20s eager to prove their righteousness....

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