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Despite all the tough rhetoric, #Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, tells top political & military officials in a religious-type meeting an hour ago in #Tehran that #Iran does not want a war with #America.

Nothing surprising here. The ayatollahs long abandoned the slogan Great Satan for the #US and actively sought strong ties with #Washington under #Obama WH. In #Afghanistan & #Iraq, the #IRGC & Gen. Soleimani quietly cooperated with US military & intelligence, until recently.
In return, again under #Obama WH, the #US turned a blind eye as #Iran/#IRGC/#Hezbollah expanded influence from #Nigeria to #Malaysia, thru #Yemen/#Gulf, and hosted elements of #Taliban+#AlQaeda as guests inside Iran, but without allowing them to be operational.
#Trump WH now wants to contain the #Iranian octopus in the region, benefiting from the fact that, except #Russia #India & some in #EU, everyone else in #Iran's neighborhood wants to see the mullahs either gone or cut down to size. But the million-dollar question is: Will #IRGC
let go of this huge empire that reflects strong religious/sectarian/nationalist sentiments in #Tehran? Is a containment or downsizing of the regime possible? And if #Khamenei has decided to avoid war, does this mean he's ready to give those huge concessions demanded by #Trump?
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