National Security Brief: U.S. Boosts Aid To Syrian Rebels

— The Obama administration has reportedly abandoned efforts for a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria and is instead increasing aid to rebels, “scrambling spies and diplomats to block arms and oil shipments from Iran and passing intelligence to front-line allies.”

— Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby has offered Syrian President Bashar Assad a “safe exit” for him and his family if he steps down. Elaraby did not provide specifics on his proposal at an Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting in Doha, Qatar, early Monday morning.

— Top allied commander in Afghanistan U.S. Army Gen. John Allen said this year’s withdrawal of 23,000 U.S. troops is halfway complete.

— President Obama plans to announce today the first major overhaul in more than 20 years of the military’s much-derided program to help veterans make the transition from the military to work or school.

— The Wall Street Journal reports: The U.S.’s effort to wield economic pressure to influence Iranian leaders is having the unintended consequence of hurting Afghanistan, which relies on remittances from millions of migrants living in the country to its west.