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Iranian missile tests
Nothing earth shatteringly new here, but worth mentioning given it’s the first such test since the imposition of UN sanctions.

Iran plans three days of military maneuvers, including short-range missile tests, beginning Sunday -- its first since the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions against it in late December, state-run television said.
"The elite Revolutionary Guards plans to begin a three-day missile maneuver on Sunday near Garmsar city," said the broadcast. The city is located in northern Iran on the edge of Kavir desert, about 60 miles southeast of Tehran.
"Zalzal and Fajr-5 missiles will be test fired in the war game," the television quoted an unnamed commander of the guards, as saying. Both are considered short-range missiles.

I wonder how long the bearded sages are willing to let Ahmadinejads leash unravel? Compliance with the UN mandate to step away from their nuclear program seems unlikely, even given the presence of two US aircraft carriers. However, removing Ahmadinejad could serve a symbolic gesture that would likely diminish international pressure and knock a leg out from under the possibility of US or Israeli preemption.