US Secretary of State John Kerry holds up the agreement at a press conference after Iran nuclear talks at Austria International Center in Vienna, July 14, 2015. AFP/CARLOS BARRIA
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Iran's historic nuclear deal may ease hostility with the West that has fueled Middle East tensions for decades, but it is unlikely to change the course of conflicts where Tehran and Washington are both awkward allies and enemies.In Syria, Iran has stood by President Bashar Assad, providing military and financial support during four years of civil war, throughout which the United States has said Assad must go. Iraq hosted one of the first face-to-face meetings in decades between U.S. and Iranian diplomats eight years ago, as well as a round of nuclear talks in 2013, and also carried messages between Tehran, New York and Washington, he said.Ayham Kamel, an analyst at Eurasia Group consultancy, said it was almost inconceivable that the nuclear deal would lead to direct coordination between the U.S. and Iran in Iraq.The Guard has sought to project Iranian influence abroad since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.A senior Western diplomat in Baghdad also played down prospects of dramatic change, saying recent months had shown that the United States and Iran could pursue military strategies in Iraq in parallel without having to work together directly.In Syria, Iran's differences with the U.S. run far deeper.
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