Iran: The Not So Innocent Bystander

By agreeing to park Iraq's planes, Tehran is positioning itself to play a stronger role in postwar gulf politics

When a high-level delegation from Iraq began meetings with Iranian officials in Tehran Jan. 8, the sessions attracted little notice. After all, at that same moment U.S. Secretary of State James Baker and Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz were preparing to hold their last-minute talks in Geneva, and the clock was ticking toward war. But political analysts in Washington and the Middle East now believe a deal might have been struck at those meetings in the Iranian capital, a deal that last week triggered one of the more mysterious events of the gulf war: the sudden departure for Iran of the...

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