Debka: Obama to fund Iranian-dominated Iraqi army. According to this bulletin from Debka, 'The source of the new manpower was disclosed by Deputy Commander of the IRGC Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, when he announced this week that Iran was assembling a mighty army from the various Shiite militias fighting in Syria and Iraq. “This force will be larger even than the Lebanese Hizballah,” he boasted. All those militias are under the direct command of the Guards. Therefore, the Obama administration has committed the United States to forging a strong military bond with Tehran and providing military and financial assistance for the creation of a strong regional Shiite armed force that will elevate Iran to the standing of leading military power in the Middle East. ...'
Russia offers to lease aircraft to Argentina. The American Interest notes that there's only one plausible target for those twelve Su-24s: the Falklands.
HarperCollins apologizes for erasing Israel. HarperCollins issued a public apology after the discovery that atlases published by its British subsidiary Collins Bartholomew for use in Middle Eastern classrooms had had Israel removed. 'Collins Bartholomew claimed the redrawing of borders was done in order to incorporate "local preferences," and more specifically that their customers in the Gulf States where the maps are sold would find the inclusion of Israel "unacceptable."'