CIA predicted the Iran crisis that spiraled out of Trump pulling the US from the 2015 nuclear deal

Roughly a year before President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the CIA predicted “radical elements” in the Iranian government would be emboldened by the Trump administration taking a hardline stance against Tehran, according to a New York Times report.

At the time, the CIA circulated a classified document that offered a “simple” and prescient conclusion: “Radical elements of the government could be empowered and moderates sidelined, and Iran might try to exploit a diplomatic rupture to unleash an attack in the Persian Gulf, Iraq or elsewhere in the Middle East.”

The CIA’s predictions outlined in the Times’ report have largely come true.

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