– President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the U.S. will use any means to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but added that he will not be setting any so-called “red lines” that would trigger military action.
– The Atlantic’s Robert Wright notes that Obama “has already laid down a red line,” noting that the President has said that “if Iran tries to build a nuclear weapon — something that would require, for starters, the very conspicuous breaking of UN monitoring seals at its nuclear facilities — Obama will resort to military force to stop it.”
– Meanwhile, the IAEA passed a resolution condemning Iran for defying demands to curb its uranium enrichment and failing to assure the nuclear watchdog that it is not trying to build nuclear weapons.
– And the Wall Street Journal adds: “At least several European banks that vowed to stop doing business with Iran have kept handling billions of euros in transactions for Iranian entities and foreign companies with operations there.”
– The British are planning for an early withdrawal from Afghanistan “because military commanders have changed their views about how many troops need to remain to help local security forces fight the Taliban,” the Guardian reports.
– “Protests inspired by an anti-Islam film targeted more U.S. facilities in the Muslim world Thursday,” the Washington Post reports.
– The AP reports: “The diplomat tasked with ending Syria’s civil war said that the conflict is worsening on Thursday, the same day he travelled to the country for the first time since taking up a job he himself has called ‘nearly impossible.’”