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By David Keene
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Topic - Kenneth Katzman
Security inside Iraq is unraveling at an alarming pace, and al Qaeda terrorists there aren't just pulling the thread; they're setting it on fire.
Iran's June 14 elections are expected to produce a president loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and not improve prospects for an end to the country's nuclear standoff with the West or its support for President Bashar Assad's embattled regime in Syria.
The largest infusion of U.S. arms ever for Persian Gulf allies has shifted more toward offensive weapons at the same time that President Obama's military strategy says it will rely more on allied firepower in any future war.
"On Iran's core interests, the Arab-Israeli dispute, Hamas, Syria, Iran has shown no flexibility at all," he added.
There is "no daylight" between the U.S. and Israel when it comes to cooperation on security and defense matters, said Kenneth Katzman, a specialist in Middle Eastern affairs at the Congressional Research Service.