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Iranians hope to fill vacuum as US lowers its Mideast profile

TEHRAN, Iran Iran's agreement to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief by world powers was welcomed at every level of society here, but nowhere more warmly than in the foreign policy community, which foresees a big boost for the Islamic Republic's regional role, especially as the U.S. lowers its profile. There is even gloating about what many expect to be the major spinoff from the accord a U.S. loss of interest in the Middle East and its many conflicts, opening the way for Iran to play a leading role in the region. "The nuclear deal is a turning point," said Kayhan Barzegar, chairman of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies in Tehran....