Iran Deploys Long Delayed Russian-Made Defense System Around Nuclear Site

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Iran has deployed a Russian-made air defense system around its underground Fordow nuclear facility, state media reported this week.

Given the timing of the announcement, it’s a move that can be seen as a political effort by the regime’s leadership to try to maintain an “atmosphere of alarm” domestically to deflect attention from embarrassing international and internal developments, Alex Vatanka, a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute, told The Cipher Brief.

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