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Experts: Middle East Turmoil Defined by U.S., Iran

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Experts: Middle East Turmoil Defined by U.S., Iran

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Experts: Middle East Turmoil Defined by U.S., Iran

Experts: Middle East Turmoil Defined by U.S., Iran

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The Middle East's conflicts are connected by a larger issue: a confrontation between Iran and the United States for power and influence in the region, analysts say.

From protesters trying to bring down Lebanon's Western-backed government to violence among Palestinian factions, some experts say the common theme is the jockeying for power between the two larger rivals.

Iraq is another arena in the confrontation between the United States and Iran. And for Washington, it's the most important one.