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Strife continues -- does it ever let up? -- in the Middle East.

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At least 22 people are reported to have been killed in two explosions that hit the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut in quick succession.

The Iranian cultural attache Ebrahim Ansari was among the dead.

Iran is a major backer of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to Syria to back the government of Bashar al-Assad.

The usual finger-pointing has begun. The Iranian ambassador to Lebanon and pro-Iranian groups are blaming Israel, which seems unlikely given the method of the attack. Other culprits could include anti-Shiite groups in Lebanon, anti-Assad groups from Syria, various al-Qaeda-related groups sponsored by Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, or pretty much anyone else in the region with a grudge and access to some explosives.

Another day, another blow against Middle East stability.

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