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  • FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, Lebanese people gather at the scene where two explosions have struck near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. DNA tests confirmed that a man in Lebanese custody is the suspected leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that has claimed responsibility for bombings across the Middle East, the Lebanese army said Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. The latest attack claimed by the group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, was the Nov. 19 double bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut that killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

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  • "The economy is the weak link for Iran's leaders, and they know it," said Mustafa Alani, a political and security analyst at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai. "You can try to silence and block political opposition, but you can't do that when prices are rising and people are worried about the future."

    Iran cuts boost prices, leaders' worries →

  • "There will be pressures coming to the Gulf for reforms on things like corruption, abuses of power and a greater voice for civil society," said Mustafa Alani, a regional analyst at the Gulf Research Center in Dubai. "What happened in Tunis may make these ruling families somewhat more flexible to bend with the wind."

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