National Security Brief: Ban To Address Nuclear, Rights Issues With Iranians

— U.N. Secretary-Geneal Ban Ki-moon expects to discuss Iran’s disputed nuclear program, the Syria conflict and human rights issues when he talks with Iran’s leaders during a visit to Tehran this week for the Nonaligned Movement summit.

— The top NATO commander in Afghanistan said yesterday that the transfer of security control from the U.S.-led international coalition to Afghan troops has reached an irreversible phase.

— Representatives of Syria’s political opposition “presented a road map Tuesday that they hope will serve as a guide to the democratic transition of power in their country after the expected fall of President Bashar al-Assad.”

— The New York Times reports: “The two Americans who were wounded when gunmen fired on an American Embassy vehicle last week were Central Intelligence Agency employees sent as part of a multiagency effort to bolster Mexican efforts to fight drug traffickers.”

— U.S. officials have urged African nations to pool their air force assets together to form a NATO-like effort to fight terrorism and international criminals rather than struggle to fund costly independent operations.