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  1. A Powerful Iranian Playmaker Is Helping Run Assad’s Civil War

    A former American spook calls Qassem Suleimani “the most powerful operative in the Middle East today.” Writer Dexter Filkins describes him as “mostly invisible,” small of stature, and quiet. Yet he is accused of assassinations, directing militants in Iraq to kill Americans, and now, abetting Syria’s President Assad. At least one U.S. general believes Syria would have failed already without Suleimani’s support, but with a new moderate in Iran, his reign of sectarian violence might slowly ebb.

    Source: New Yorker

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