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Iran Sends Message on Gaza, Syria

In the Gaza conflict, Iran reveals that it has the wherewithal to shift the equation and provide some payback, even in areas where its adversaries hold sway.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (L) and Iran's Parliament speaker Ali Larijani (C) speak to the media after meeting in Damascus November 23, 2012, in this handout photograph released by Syria's national news agency (SANA). REUTERS/SANA/Handout  (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Iran sent a message last week to the West, the West’s Sunni allies and Israel that it will challenge any attempts at Sunni hegemony in both Gaza and Syria. 

While all politics are local, in the Middle East there's an overlying sectarian conflict in play.

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