– U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton worked with Arab and European diplomats at the United Nations on Tuesday to win support for tighter sanctions on Syria, but Russia, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad’s most powerful supporter, is still opposed to permitting the adoption of a Security Council resolution endorsing an Arab League plan for a political transition in Damascus.
– Israel has reportedly set up a special commando unit tasked with carrying out missions deep inside enemy territory amidst growing talk within Israel that military action may be necessary against Iran’s nuclear program.
– United Nations nuclear inspectors are planning another trip to Iran following what both Iranian and U.N. negotiators characterized as “good ” direct talks about Iran’s nuclear nuclear program.
– A classified NATO report finds that captured Taliban believe they will return to power after the U.S.-led coalition ends its combat role in 2014.
– Top Marine Corps officers said planned reductions spending and force size would be offset by new technologies and weapons and, according to Lt. Gen. Dennis Hejlik, “(W)e’re going to have the capability to respond to contingency plans.”
– The U.S. Office of Special Council alleged in a report that the Air Force engaged in illegal reprisals against legally protected whistleblowers who revealed the mistreatment of military bodies.
– An Afghan soldier shot at international forces, with the U.S.-led forces saying the attack was deliberate and the Afghan army claiming it was an accident.