“Rouhani has been facing rising dissent, not just from the traditional IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] camp, but from a large segment of the public that is growing disillusioned with his policy because they’re not seeing the level of economic relief they were promised,” said Reva Bhalla, the vice president of global analysis at the geopolitical intelligence firm, Stratfor.
“They’re saying there was no intelligence failure, but there was certainly a protective intelligence failure,” says Fred Burton, a former DS special agent and deputy chief for counterterrorism. “They appeared to have no indication these guys were coming over the wall.”
Oil is “the most geopolitically important commodity,” said Reva Bhalla, vice president of global analysis at Stratfor, an advisory company in Austin, Texas. “It drives economies around the world” and is located in some “usually very volatile places.”
During a phone call to his Iranian counterpart, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to lift Moscow's sanctions on Tehran after negotiations on the country's nuclear program failed to result in a deal before the Nov. 24 deadline, Fars News reported.
Russia is set to lose around $40 billion because of Western-imposed sanctions and around $90 to $100 billion could be lost because of the recent fall in oil prices, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Nov. 24, ITAR Tass reported.