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Iran vs US: Trump cornered?

September 26, 2019

The US has described the drone attack on the world's largest oil refinery in Saudi Arabia as an 'act of war' by Iran. What options does US President Donald Trump have? Guests: Susanne Koelbl (Spiegel), Ali Fathollah-Nejad (Brookings), Rick Noack (Washington Post)

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Susanne Koelbl works for the weekly "Der Spiegel“. She just came back from Saudi Arabia where she reported about the attacks. She is convinced: “Trumps policy of maximum pressure generated maximum counterpressure.”

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Ali Fathollah-Nejad, is an Iran expert of the Brookings Institution in Doha. He believes: “Iran seems to have overplayed its thus far well-calculated strategy of escalation."


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Rick Noack is a correspondent for the Washington Post here in Berlin. He says: “Trump’s so-far hesitant response may both reflect concerns over a military conflict ahead of presidential elections 2020 — and the lack of a consistent strategy in Iran.”

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