Iran Lawmakers Back Minister Wanted for Bombing in Argentina

Iran's conservative-dominated parliament is supporting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's nominee for defense minister, who is wanted by Argentina in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish cultural center in Buenos Aires.

Gen. Ahmad Vahidi's nomination has already drawn an outcry from Argentina and Jewish groups but Iranian lawmakers hailed him as a hero with cries of "Death to Israel" as he addressed the chamber Tuesday.

The support raises the likelihood Vahidi will be confirmed as defense chief when parliament votes Wednesday.

Vahidi is one of five prominent Iranians sought by Argentina in the bombing, which killed 85 people. He was the commander of a special unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard known as the Quds Force at the time of the attack.