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AssessmentsJan 24, 2020 | 19:33 GMT
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses parliament in the capital of Tehran on Sept. 3, 2019.
U.S. Pressure Tilts the Political Balance Toward Iran's Hard-liners
As the first parliamentary contest since the United States began ramping up its pressure campaign, Iran's Feb. 21 election will provide a key glimpse into Iranians' mixed feelings about the recent uptick in tensions between Washington and Tehran. On one hand, many Iranians criticize hard-line elements of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for
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Contributor PerspectivesJan 20, 2020 | 09:45 GMT
A picture taken on Jan. 11, 2020, shows portraits of Iraq's slain Popular Mobilization Unit deputy chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the late founder of Kataib Hezbollah, on the southern exit of the Lebanese capital Beirut.
Reflections on the Life and Death of an Iraqi Militant
Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis fought Saddam Hussein, engineered attacks on Western embassies and took on the Islamic State. His death in the same strike that killed Iran's Qassem Soleimani increased local hostility to the U.S. presence in Iraq.
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AssessmentsJan 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.
Iran Is Still Playing the Long Game
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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SITUATION REPORTJan 8, 2020 | 14:45 GMT
Middle East: Companies Take Measures to Reduce Security Risk Amid U.S.-Iran Tensions
Several international oil companies have taken precautions to limit their exposure to U.S.-Iran tensions in the Middle East by either evacuating staff from sensitive areas, such as Iraq, or aborting oil tanker crossings through the Strait of Hormuz, Reuters reported Jan. 7.
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AssessmentsJan 7, 2020 | 20:13 GMT
Relatives of the five Israeli victims of a suicide blast that targeted a bus of tourists in Bulgaria mourn in Sofia on Aug. 28, 2012.
Iran Will Find Retaliating Against the U.S. Easier in the Middle East
Outside the Middle East, Iran is still a threat, as demonstrated by its repeated attempts to attack its rivals in Europe, East Africa, Eastern Europe and even Southeast Asia. Iran's intelligence assets and its operatives with the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah are constantly at work conducting surveillance on targets around
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SnapshotsJan 3, 2020 | 22:41 GMT
Soleimani's Killing Sets the Stage for a Longer-Term Oil Price Rise
Crude oil rose nearly 4 percent on news of the U.S. strike that killed senior Iranian military official Qassem Soleimani in Iraq. In the short term, however, it will be difficult for the market to price in much more risk regarding possible Iranian retaliation without suffering actual losses in volume.
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GuidanceJan 3, 2020 | 05:02 GMT
Iranian Quds Force Cmdr. Qassem Soleimani attends a meeting with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps in Tehran on Sept. 18, 2016.
The U.S. Assassination of a Key Iranian General Throws Fuel on the Fire
It's the spark to ignite a major conflagration: Late on Jan. 2, the Pentagon said it launched an overnight strike in Baghdad killing several officials linked with Iran, including Qassem Soleimani, the powerful commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Quds Force. In addition to Soleimani, the head of the Iraqi Kataib Hezbollah militia, Abu
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AssessmentsDec 11, 2019 | 11:00 GMT
This photo shows a woman voting in Iran's 2016 parliamentary elections.
Elections Won't Alter Iran's Strategy
Iran will hold parliamentary elections in February 2020 amid Washington's so-called maximum pressure campaign and associated sanctions. The initiative is wreaking havoc on all levels of Iran's economy and society, and the flagging health of the economy has become a major campaign issue for moderate and hard-line factions. But whatever new
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