Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 7, 2017

Simon Tisdall, The Guardian: Consequences of attacks in Tehran will be felt around the world

Assaults on potent symbols of Iranian ideology, claimed by Isis, will stoke tensions with Saudi Arabia, Gulf states and Trump

In targeting the Iranian parliament and the tomb of the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the terrorists who went on a lethal rampage in Tehran on Wednesday chose the two most potent symbols of the 1979 revolution.

For ordinary Tehranis, comparatively safe in recent years from such outrages, the attacks are deeply shocking.

The apparently coordinated assaults have been blamed by Iran’s hardline Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Saudi Arabia and, whatever the truth of the allegation, they are likely to have a big political impact far beyond Iran, stoking tensions with the US, Saudi Arabia and the Sunni Muslim monarchies of the Gulf.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- June 7, 2017

Here’s How Al Qaeda Protected Iran—Until Now -- Thomas Toscelyn, Daily Beast

Why ISIS Just Attacked Its "Mortal Enemy" Iran For The First Time -- Time Hume, VICE News

Stand Against Terrorism, Even in Iran -- Bloomberg editorial

Will Iraq's Shia Militias Give Iran a 'Road to the Sea'? -- Seth J. Frantzman, National Interest

Russia Has Nothing to Gain by Undermining Qatar -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

New age war on terror for Southeast Asia -- David Hutt, Asia Times

The Afghan Mini-Surge Has a Strategy Deficit -- Hal Brands, Bloomberg

Weak dollar, tight capital controls push China's reserves up by US$24 billion -- Steve Teve and Poo Yee Kai, Asia Times

Why are Sahel countries deploying an anti-jihad force? -- AFP

Why Venezuela Proves That Russia Is Still a World Power -- Nikolas K. Gvosdev, National Interest

Comey Finally Backs Trump's Account, Too Late to Help Trump -- Eli Lake, Bloomberg

Win or lose, this will be Theresa May’s last election -- Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

Jeremy Corbyn's surge: is Labour's poll boost real? -- Stephen Bush, New Statesman

A British election campaign that few expected ends in a way that no one could have predicted -- Griff Witte, Washington Post

Looking for Leaders in the U.K. -- Reginald Dale, US News and World Report

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