US Boosting Drone Surveillance of Iran

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Elliott Abrams: E1 is “much ado about little.”

 Meir Javedanfar: Iran’s benefiting from the settlement row.

If Netanyahu is really interested in keeping world focus on Iran, then he must not help Iran by diverting attention from its nuclear program, by creating a diplomatic crisis for the sake of 3,000 homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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Argentina’s pursuing better relations with Iran, but the talks are being kept secret. Wall St. Journal columnist Mary Anastasia O’Grady (via Google News) explains why that’s bad news for everybody — not just the Argentinian Jews who want justice for the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community headquarters.

The victims’ families must hope that Argentina’s goal is to win extradition of the suspects. Anything less would be a grave injustice. But the secrecy, Argentina’s closeness with Iranian-allied Venezuela, and recent efforts by Argentina to bolster trade relations with Tehran have raised suspicions about the integrity of the effort. Given that Iran and its Hezbollah terrorist affiliate seem determined to set up shop in the Americas, this case should give pause to all Americans, North and South.

An Argentinian prosecutor indicted seven Iranians and Lebanese Hezbollah member for the attack, which killed 85 and injured more than 150.

The Daily Telegraph and McClatchy News got an inside look at Jabhat al Nusra, one of  the more “successful” radical Islamist groups fighting the Assad regime. I love the irony: For years, Bashar Assad turned a blind eye as Islamists entered Iraq via Syria to fight American forces. Now the battle-hardened jihadis are returning to target him.

Among Nusra fighters are many Syrians who say they fought with al Qaida in Iraq, which waged a bloody and violent campaign against the U.S. presence in that country and is still blamed for suicide and car bombings that have killed hundreds of Iraqis since the U.S. troops left a year ago.

According to Nusra members, some of the group’s leaders, including the emir, or top ruler, in Syria’s Deir al Zour province, are Iraqis.

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