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Iran: Opaque Politics, Vested Interests And The Fall Of Ali Shamkhani

 Iran: Opaque Politics, Vested Interests And The Fall Of Ali Shamkhani

Former Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani at the China-brokered Iran-Saudi Arabia in March: Twitter @shen_shiwei

NEW DELHI: It's been a little over one week since the resignation of Iran’s security chief Ali Shamkhani. He now sits in the Expediency Council and is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s political adviser but it's not clear why he was fired. Was it because his former deputy Alireza Akbari was tried, convicted of treason, and executed? Or was it because the government finally paid heed to accusations that his sons and son-in-law were corrupt? Or was he seen as soft on the hijab protestors? The timing was also odd as Shamkhani had just been credited with playing an active role in the China-brokered Iran-Saudi deal this March....Read More

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Ashwin Ahmad

Traveller, bibliophile and wordsmith with a yen for international relations. A journalist and budding author of short fiction, life is a daily struggle to uncover the latest breaking story while attempting to be Hemingway in the self-same time. Focussed especially on Europe and West Asia, discussing Brexit, the Iran crisis and all matters related is a passion that endures to this day. Believes firmly that life without the written word is a life best not lived. That’s me, Ashwin Ahmad.


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