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Iran Is Still Playing the Long Game

Jan 8, 2020 | 20:54 GMT
Mourners in Tehran carry a banner featuring Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during the military leader's funeral procession on Jan. 6.

Mourners carry a banner featuring Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Gen. Qasem Soleimani during the military leader's funeral procession in Tehran on Jan. 6. Iran limited its military retribution for Soleimani's death in a U.S. attack to missile strikes on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops that left no casualties.

(ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)

The assassination of Qassem Soleimani isn't distracting Tehran from its overarching goal -- maintaining its regional influence while forcing the U.S. to abandon its crippling sanctions. ...

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