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Comment: A map of the region might give some insight.

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A map of the region might give some insight.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_YBDrxEjEO8c/SZsSO066MLI/AAAAAAAACZ...

Iran, Pakistan, India are a buffer zone for Russia and China. If Iran falls that places the US on Russia's doorstep. There are probably other reasons like the major powers competing for resources.