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Con Coughlin: Iranian threat to close oil lanes could backfire

Published 06/01/2012 | 05:00

THE last time Iran tried to close the Strait of Hormuz, the trade artery linking the oil-rich Gulf states to the outside world, the Revolutionary Guards had only a few rubber dinghies and primitive mines to achieve their goals. Next time, they will be far better prepared.

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For the ayatollahs, the Strait of Hormuz, which lies between Iran and the tiny sheikdoms of the Gulf, has become a national obsession in their long-standing confrontation with the West.

They know that, for all their long-held nuclear ambitions, they will never be able to match America's military supremacy.

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