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The Speaker of Iran’s Parliament, Hashemi Rafsanjani, was the target of several assassination attempts in the past eight weeks, and members of Iran’s radical Revolutionary Guards are suspected, United Press International reported, quoting State Department and Pentagon officials. Rafsanjani was appointed commander of the armed forces last June and promptly played a key role in persuading Iran’s supreme leader, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, to accept a U.N. cease-fire agreement in the eight-year war with Iraq. Rafsanjani is viewed by U.S. policy-makers as a political moderate who is the most promising contact for thawing Washington-Tehran relations.


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