Experts: US-Iran tensions could trigger war

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January 29, 2007 18:42

 
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Tensions between the United States and Iran have risen to the point where a war could be kicked off by mistake, an outcome that neither Tehran nor Washington wants, US military officials and private analysts say. A US military official here likened the current US-Iran standoff to the buildup in hostility in Europe before World War I, when a duke's assassination triggered a tragic war that engulfed a continent. "A mistake could be made and you could end up in something that neither side ever really wanted, and suddenly it's August 1914 all over again," the US officer said on condition of anonymity, because of the sensitivity of the issue. "I really believe neither side wants a fight."

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