Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi delivers a speech during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Iran April 18, 2022. President Website/WANA (West Asia News Agency)/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Iran sees opening in Central Asia while Russia is bogged down elsewhere

But after protests in Afghanistan and a recent knife attack against Shiite clerics, it may not be as smooth as Tehran had hoped.

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