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As Arab world shakes, Iran’s influence grows

Posted by alanmirs on February 24, 2011

As Arab world shakes, Iran’s influence grows

By Michael Slackman

New York Times

Posted: 02/23/2011 05:50:01 PM PST

Updated: 02/23/2011 09:47:35 PM PST


MANAMA, Bahrain — The popular revolts shaking the Arab world have begun to shift the balance of power in the region, bolstering Iran’s position while weakening and unnerving its rival, Saudi Arabia, regional experts said.

While it is far too soon to write the final chapter on the uprisings’ impact, Iran already has benefited from the ouster or undermining of Arab leaders who were its strong adversaries and has begun to project its growing influence, the analysts said. This week Iran sent two warships through the Suez Canal for the first time since its revolution in 1979, and Egypt’s new military leaders allowed them to pass

As Arab world shakes, Iran’s influence grows 


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