IRAN: No More Mr. Nice Guy

Khomeini gets tough with the rising forces of opposition

"This country is halfway toward war," declared Iran's Defense Minister Taqi Riahi last week. So it seemed. Heavy fighting, by both the army and the "Islamic guard," whose loyalty is to the ruling clergy, raged in the Kurdish town of Saqqez as government forces tried to expel a band of 2,000 Kurdish rebels. Scattered skirmishes took place elsewhere in the region inhabited by 4 million Iranian Kurds, who for centuries have been seeking independence, or at least a measure of autonomy. After a tribunal...

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