– Gen. John Allen, who commands U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, is recommending a delay in troop reductions until 2014, a position that goes against the White House’s efforts to bring an end to the ten-year-old war.
– Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed to discuss and, if need be, confront Pakistan over a spate of sectarian bombings claimed by a Pakistan-based group, saying, “Afghanistan cannot ignore the blood of all the victims of this incident, especially the children.”
– Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with the Syrian National Council opposition in Geneva, with a U.S. official remarking that she viewed the group as a “leading and legitimate representative of Syrians seeking a peaceful democratic transition.”
– Reuters reports that the Obama administration does not know Israel’s intentions regarding potential military action against Iran over its nuclear program. U.S. officials reportedly have a “sense of opacity” regarding what might prompt an Israeli military strike on Iranian nuclear sites.
– The Israeli attorney general said today that limits on funding for left-wing NGOs proposed by the government and backed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are “starkly” unconstitutional and won’t stand up in court.
– U.S. troops have begun a region-wide hunt for fighters from Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army. “They (U.S. troops) are there and they are setting up their bases,” said Ugandan army spokesman Felix Kulayigye.
– Russian authorities cracked down on a second day of protests against the government and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, resulting in the arrest of 250 people.
– Egypt’s military council will give new Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri presidential powers ahead of his cabinet announcement next week but the Muslim Brotherhood, which claimed victory in the run-off contests in the first round of Egypt’s parliamentary election, said it would review what el-Ganzouri’s powers would be.