Many international experts are scratching their heads, trying to determine what Iran would have hoped to gain from an assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States — and why they chose to involve Mexican cartels.
The United States was joined by two of its closest allies in imposing a new round of financial sanctions on the Iranian banking system, seeking to up the pressure on Iran as it continues what the west says is its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, a prominent Sunni, is accused by the Shiite-dominated national government of running death squads that have killed police officers and government leaders around the country. But some suspect this is a political ploy.
While Iran gives cautious signs that it's willing to consider negotiations with western nations, and the E.U. and U.S. increase the sanctions against the country in an effort to halt its nuclear ambitions, Iranians worry their country is hurtling toward war.