– The Financial Times reports: Syria’s disparate rebel brigades are trying to unite under a new name and the leadership of a Jordan-based general, in what the fighters say is an attempt to respond to international and Arab calls for more co-ordination.
– The New York Times reports: The State Department said Wednesday that Iraq has an obligation under United Nations Security Council resolutions to insist that Iranian planes that are suspected of flying arms to Syria over Iraqi airspace land so the cargo can be inspected.
– Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that his time “won’t be long” as Syrian warplanes and artillery shelled Aleppo.
– The Afghan government has blamed so-called “green-on-blue” attacks on foreign elements but yesterday it acknowledged hundreds of its soldiers have been expelled or arrested because of deficient vetting and links to insurgents.
– The Pentagon has said that as many as 66 countries are eligible to buy U.S. drones under new Defense Department guidelines. However, Congress and the State Department as the final say on foreign weapons systems sales.