Tehran Lost the Battle of Vienna
Over the past six months, Iran has hardened its intelligence stance relative to its nuclear program but has lost ground on the diplomatic level. [...]
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was the successor to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) after the Second World War. Its heyday was during the Cold War. CIA considers itself as the senior intelligence service among the US Intelligence Community. Before the establishment of the Defense Clandestine Service (DCS), it was the only agency able to carry out clandestine operations, through its National Clandestine Service (NCS).
The American administration and the Syrian government have been relying in recent weeks on back-door diplomacy deployed by powerful political and financial networks to help them negotiate an agreement on Iraq that bypasses the crisis over the assassination of former [. [...]