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Recognise why attack's mounted after head of state loses face (8)


I believe the answer is:


'recognise' is the definition.
(to recognise someone or something)

I don't understand how the remainder of the clue works.

(Other definitions for identify that I've seen before include "Diagnose" , "Pick out" , "Recognise, put name to" , "Sympathise" , "Pinpoint" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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