– President Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser John Brennen yesterday did not rule out implementing a no-fly zone in Syria.
– The United Nations said that Afghan civilian deaths dropped 22 percent in the first six months of 2012 compared with a year ago, but the number of civilians killed in targeted assassinations surged.
– The U.S. and its Persian Gulf region allies are looking to establish a regional missile defense system aimed at protecting oil refineries, pipelines and military bases from an Iranian attack.
– Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi met with Iran’s vice president yesterday “in the highest-level official contact between the two strategic nations in decades.”
– South Korea said it would restart importing Iranian oil after the Islamic Republic said it would deliver crude on its own tankers and provide up to $1 billion worth of insurance coverage for the vessels.