– NATO commander in Afghanistan Gen. John R. Allen apologized for foreign troops having “improperly disposed” of Korans following an eruption of protests, including an attempt to storm the largest U.S. based in Afghanistan, after Afghans working inside Bagram air base reported seeing a number of copies of the Koran burned and thrown in the garbage.
– U.S. and Afghan military officials say Afghanistan is rolling out an ambitious plan to spy on its own soldiers, the most serious attempt so far to halt a string of attacks by Afghan troops on their Western allies.
– Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) writes in an Alaska Daily News op-ed that after spending a week traveling throughout Afghanistan said that the U.S. has met its objectives. “That’s why I support the Obama administration’s plan to withdraw combat troops by the end of 2014 — or sooner if conditions justify,” he said.
– The deputy head of Iran’s armed forces warned on Tuesday that Iran would take pre-emptive military action against enemies who threaten the country’s national security.
– Yemenis went to the polls on Tuesday to formally unseat President Ali Abdullah Saleh but the vote was largely symbolic and the only candidate on the ballot was Vice President Abed Rabbo Mansour al-Hadi.
– Myanmar President Thein Sein said his country will “seriously consider” allowing Southeast Asian observers to attend April parliamentary by-elections, the latest sign of openness by a civilian government keen to end decades of isolation.
– Egyptian prosecutors’ case against at least 16 Americans and others from five democracy and human rights groups accused of, among other charges, illegal use of foreign funds, hinges on testimony from the accusers and evidence is limited to proof that the organizations used foreign funds for payrolls and rent.
– Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s support remained at 50 percent for a second week, suggesting he’ll win March 4 elections in the first round of voting, according to the Public Opinion Foundation.