"National Security Brief: Iran’s Nuclear Work Picks Up"
– The IAEA will soon report that Iran has installed hundreds of new centrifuges in a nuclear facility buried deep underground and may also be speeding up production of nuclear fuel.
– According to NATO data, Afghan soldiers and police officers are killing each other at an increasing rate. So far, Afghan security forces have killed 53 of their comrades and wounded at least 22 others in 35 separate attacks this year.
– French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian suggested that Western nations should consider establishing a no-fly zone in parts of Syria without a U.N. mandate.
– The Washington Post reports: Scores of mutilated, bloodied bodies have been found dumped on the streets and on waste ground on the outskirts of Damascus in recent days, apparently the victims of a surge of extrajudicial killings by Syrian security forces seeking to drive rebel fighters out of the capital and its suburbs.
– Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has summoned a senior U.S. diplomat to protest recent drone strikes targeting militants in the country’s northwest tribal region near the Afghan border.