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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)

If the Islamic Republic of Iran has had one consistent goal since 1979, it's been survival; since the Islamic Revolution, Iran has essentially existed in crisis management mode, whether it's been fighting Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq War or weathering the latest U.S. sanctions. Today, there are two interlinked issues...

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