Roundup: Obama to dine with Miss Israel; Iran's man in Iraq

  • Obama nominates former US Ambassador to Kuwait Deborah K. Jones as Libya envoy to succeed slain Chris Stevens.
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  • US spy chief says Syria military showing strains,  opposition fragmented.
  • Former US intelligence analyst Greg Thielmann delves into new US global threat assessment (.pdf).
  • Netanyahu will reportedly give Education Ministry to Lapid
  • Obama planning to give exclusive interview to Israel’s Channel 2 ahead of Israel trip.
  • Obama invites Miss Israel, the Ethiopian-born Yityish Aynaw, to dinner.
  • Lots of listening, no grand initiatives, expected on Obama Israel trip.
  • CIA ramps up role in Iraq
  • Iran’s man in Syria and Iraq.
  • Family of former US Marine Amir Hekmati, detained by Iran, pleads for his release.
  • Sarah Chayes on what former AfPak advisor Vali Nar missed in his White House critique.
  • The three men who control Turkey’s future: Erdogan, Ocalan and Gulen.
  • Turkish police make arrest in probe of front companies alleged involved in procurement for Iran nuclear program.

(Photo: Newly crowned Miss Israel Yityish Aynaw. Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post.)