National Security Brief: Syria Rebels Try To Reorganize

— Syrian anti-government activists announced a new rebel coalition that aims to overcome deep divisions among rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad. The group, the Syrian Rebels Front, declared its formation Monday in a news conference in Turkey.

— David Cohen, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said Israel is “supportive” of future U.S. sanctions on Iran if the latest round of negotiations over its nuclear program do not yield results.

— China and Afghanistan are expected this week to finalize a post-war pact that that will include security cooperation and other bilateral agreements.

— The CIA is expected to cut is presence in Iraq by less than half of wartime levels, “a move that is largely a result of challenges the CIA faces operating in a country that no longer welcomes a major U.S. presence.”

— A Kuwaiti man was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday after he was convicted of endangering state security by insulting the Prophet Mohammad and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on twitter.