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The new cold war

Iran versus Saudi Arabia—how far will it go?

By Gregory Treverton  

Saudi special forces take part in a military parade in 2010 © MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images

Are we seeing an intensifying “cold war” between Saudi Arabia and Iran? If so, what will it look like? And how do the warriors match up to each other? In all the murk of mutual accusations, there are signs that the tension is rising fast. When the Iranian embassy in Beirut was bombed in November, the al Qaeda-affiliated Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility; in December, Lebanon arrested its leader, Majid bin Muhammad al-Majid, a figure…

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