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Iran and Israel: Mismarriage of Convenience

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Trita Parsi’s pragmatic assessment on the complex relationship and prospect of rapprochement between Iran, the US and Israel is available at Foreign Policy:  Last week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)—the powerful pro-Israel lobbying group—held its annual policy conference in Washington, and it went as you might expect. Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain […]

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At the tip of Iran’s spear and who is making Iran’s Iraq policy?

Irancove @ June 10, 2008 # 2 Comments

David Ignatius has a very interesting article on Brig. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds force, identifying him as the one who “plays a decisive role in [Iran’s] confrontation with the United States” rather than Ahamdinejad.  The article appears below.  Also see Farideh Farhi’s excellent post at the ICGA site which adds more […]

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Richard Engel and the Pressures of War Reporting

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Richard Engel has a new book out describing his time serving as the Baghdad bureau chief for NBC.  Below are a few key paragraphs from the Washington Post story: Three years into the Iraq war, Richard Engel was holding down the fort as NBC‘s Baghdad bureau chief when a top producer in New York, M.L. […]

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Shiite Lawmakers: US Seeking 58 Bases in Iraq, Wants Authority to Determine if Iraq Has Been Attacked

Irancove @ June 10, 2008 # 3 Comments

Leila Fadel of McClatchy reports that the US wants 58 permanent bases in Iraq and the power to determine if Iraq has been attacked.  Iraqi lawmakers view this as a possible legal impetus for US forces to start a war with Iran and  are apprehensive about being dragged in to the middle of it. Barack […]

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