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Issue 339 - 14 Jun 1988

The appointment of Hojatoleslam Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the Majlis Speaker, as acting commander-in-chief of Iran's armed forces has been almost universally taken - and probably correctly - as an indication of the regime's concern over not only the recent military setbacks on the battlefield but also dissatisfaction with the overall conduct of the war.

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