– Libya’s interim leaders said Muammar Qaddafi has been killed in fighting that led to anti-Qaddafi forces taking Surt. “He (Gaddafi) was also hit in his head,” National Transitional Council official Abdel Majid Mlegta told Reuters. “There was a lot of firing against his group and he died.” The Guardian has a photo purportedly showing Qaddafi’s capture.
– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that “we intend to the push Pakistanis very hard” to crack down on the Haqqani terrorist network which operates out of Pakistan.
– The resignation of President Obama’s envoy to North Korea means that all of the administration’s special representatives to world hotspots — Afghanistan and Pakistan, Israel and Palestine, Sudan and now North Korea — “are now gone: their missions unfinished, replaced by lower-profile officials.”
– Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is crafting new legislation to prevent poor contracting practices in war zones which have allowed up to $60 billion spent on to private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan to go missing.
— Al Qaeda operatives “feel besieged by the U.S.” and the group has lost half of its top 20 leaders, leaving only one of the original leaders alive, said a Pentagon intelligence leader.
– The Iraqi government expects more than $100 billion in investments by oil companies in a handful of major fields, more than tripling their production output to more than 6 million barrels a day.
– Attacks with improvised explosive devices outside Afghanistan and Iraq have more than doubled in the last three years, according to Pentagon data. An Army official said the U.S. needs to come “to grips with” a likely future of domestic IEDs because the bomb materials are “cheap, effective and readily available.”
– The U.S. denied Iranian state press reports that the Iranian accused in an alleged plot to kill a diplomat on American soil was a member of the controversial exile Mujahedeen-e Khalq group, insisting he was indeed a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.