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Monday, July 25, 2005

Tehran finds a friend in Baghdad

BBC: Iranian gains - So, after six months, who have the winners been? The Kurds, who now have an unprecedented amount of control over their own affairs. The Shia, of course, who form the bulk of the new government.
And there is another winner, too - one which the Americans can scarcely be very happy about.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq's next-door neighbour, has benefited in every way from President George W Bush's decision to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Sunni insurgents are deliberately targeting Shia It is probably the best thing that has happened to Iran since the Islamic Revolution there in 1979.
Iran has seen its sworn enemy, Saddam, removed from power. And it has seen the arrival in power in Baghdad of pro-Iranian Shia politicians like the prime minister himself, Ibrahim Jaafari.

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