– Turkey has banned all Syrian flights from Turkish airspace as officials there said it found military components aboard a Russian flight to Damascus.
– Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the United Nations of its inaction in Syria. “This negligence 20 years ago was explained by the international community being caught unprepared in dealing with the issues of the post-cold-war era,” Mr. Erdogan said referring to Bosnia in the 1990s. “Well, how can the injustice and weakness displayed in the Syrian issue be explained today?
– Reuters reports: European Union governments agreed major sanctions against Iran’s banking sector, shipping and industry on Monday, tightening financial pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program amid foundering diplomacy.
– Security requests from U.S. officials in Libya to the State Department before the assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi “were largely focused on extending the tours of security guards at the American Embassy in Tripoli — not at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, 400 miles away,” the New York Times reported this weekend.
– British Defense Minister Phillip Hammond said on Sunday that the U.K. plans to withdraw “thousands” of troops from Afghanistan next year.
– U.S. officials believe that Iran was behind a series of recent cyber-attacks that crippled networks across the Saudi oil industry and breached financial institutions. Iranian authorities denied the charge.