– The International Atomic Energy Agency has raised concerns that satellite images show what may be evidence that Iran tried to cleanse traces of nuclear material from a site suspected of focusing on alleged weaponization aspects of its nuclear program.
– Iran demonstrated “a striking pattern of violations of fundamental human rights,” said the new report from the U.N.’s special envoy for human rights in Iran, pointing to increased executions and crackdowns on students, women, and minorities.
– During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington this week, Israel asked the U.S. for advanced “bunker-buster” bombs and refueling planes that would improve its capability to attack Iran’s nuclear sites, an Israeli official tells Reuters.
– The U.S. military and Drug Enforcement Agency are investigating the Afghan air force amid allegations that the U.S.-funded fleet is being used to ferry guns and drugs around the country.
– The new election monitoring group League of Voters said yesterday that it had found numerous violations in polling across Russia and estimated that Vladimir Putin won much less of Sunday’s vote than reported.
– The International Institute for Strategic Studies reported this week that Asian defense spending this year will exceed that of Europe for the first time in modern history.
– A new congressional report will warn that China’s People’s Liberation Army is testing cyber-attack capabilities and would probably target transportation and logistics networks before an actual conflict to disrupt the U.S.’s ability to fight.
– Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told lawmakers that the military doesn’t need new M1 Abrams tanks nor upgrades for the ones it has, during a House Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing yesterday. The Army made the same argument last year but Congress did not agree and provided $255 million in the 2012 defense appropriations bill to buy 42 tanks.