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The insecurity that reigns in Iraq is the defining reality of postwar life. But the lawlessness is felt disproportionately by young women and girls who have yet to complete their education.
If the rival factions that dominate Iranian politics have drawn one common lesson from the war in Iraq, it is not to underestimate Washington’s resolve in confronting what it considers ‘rogue states’ in the region.
For months, Iran has discreetly accommodated U.S. plans to invade Hussein’s nation, by aiding Iraqi dissidents and even helping to prevent oil smuggling by Iraq.
Iran would seem to be an unlikely corner of the Middle East to find support for Washington’s plans to unseat Saddam Hussein.