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Alone among states in the United Nations, Israel’s existence is put in question without consequences, sometimes in blatant and obviously hostile ways, such as by Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas, sometimes by those like Mr. Beinart who argue in softer terms, framing their position in terms of human rights.
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This last topic developed a keen interest in the Achaemenid Persian empire, a subject that Arthur introduced into the Kent curriculum and which led to a memorable journey to Iran in 2004.
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Iran has denied reports that fresh mysterious explosions rocked two towns close to Tehran, accusing the west of waging psychological warfare by spreading messages on social media.
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The civil war itself started in 2015 when Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, took up arms against the internationally recognised government and claimed large swathes of territory, including the capital.
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“The strike that killed Gen. Soleimani was in response to an escalating series of armed attacks in preceding months by the Islamic Republic of Iran and militias it supports on U.S. forces and interests in the Middle East region.”
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As Iran’s center for advanced nuclear centrifuges lies in charred ruins after an explosion, apparently engineered by Israel, the long-simmering conflict between the United States and Tehran appears to be escalating into a potentially dangerous phase likely to play out during the American presidential election campaign.
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Iran 250,458 cases, 12,305 deaths