Mideast's Balance of Power Tips Toward Iran

Tehran makes no secret of its ambitions, and seems to face no significant opposition in the drive to achieve them.

When Tikrit is won, who of the militias will remain?

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Difficult though it may be to believe, Iran presents more important challenges than whether a nuclear deal negotiated with the regime in the teeth of congressional opposition would be legally binding. Nuclear weapons are scary, and they do matter, but in the long run, geopolitical reality matters more. That’s why this report, which arrived over the weekend from the Dubai-based Orient Advisory Group, should be disturbing:

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