Trump Calls Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Unacceptable,’ But Leaves U.S. In It For Now : NPR

President Trump is striking a formal blow against the Iran nuclear deal. But he is stopping short of asking Congress to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Instead, the president is urging lawmakers to pass a new law, spelling out conditions under which sanctions could be reimposed.

Source: Trump Calls Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Unacceptable,’ But Leaves U.S. In It For Now : NPR

Russia in the Middle East | Jordan Times

Amer Al Sabaileh

Over the last few years, the Middle East started to witness the presence of new political protagonists: Russia, a very strong, evident player, Germany, a strong but latent player, and China, a strong economic power.

Many reported that Russia’s support for Syria was limited and unreliable. And yet, Russia has successfully engaged in the region and over recent years has proved reliable to its allies. Now, as Russia has become central to everything, from regional security to the peace process, regional countries must change their approach and recognise its influence and importance.

Russian diplomacy has been instrumental to creating the potential for an end to the Syrian crisis.

Russia’s influence in the region is spreading. Russia is now allied with both Israel and Syria.

Source: Russia in the Middle East | Jordan Times

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Pakistan: 12 picnickers drown at Karachi beach | WPXI

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistani police say at least 12 people, including women and children, have drowned at a beach near the port city of Karachi after being swept away by strong waves in the Arabian sea.Police official Ijaz Khokhar says initially two people drowned Saturday after enjoying a picnic at the beach and the others died trying to rescue them.

Source: Pakistan: 12 picnickers drown at Karachi beach | WPXI

Coalition strikes roads to prevent ISIS convoy from evacuating border area with Lebanon – CNNPolitics

The US-led coalition fighting ISIS has carried out airstrikes to “crater” and disable roads that ISIS fighters intended to use to evacuate the border area between Syria and Lebanon as part of an agreement with the Lebanese government and Hezbollah.

Source: Coalition strikes roads to prevent ISIS convoy from evacuating border area with Lebanon – CNNPolitics

Syrian, Russian military destroy over 800 terrorists in major ISIL unit – Xinhua | English.news.cn

MOSCOW, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) — Over 800 terrorists of the ISIL group were killed in Syria as a result of an operation conducted by the Syrian government forces and the Russian air force, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.

More than 800 terrorists, 13 tanks, 39 pick-up trucks equipped with large-caliber machine guns, 9 mortars and artillery guns were destroyed during the operation, the document said.

Source: Syrian, Russian military destroy over 800 terrorists in major ISIL unit – Xinhua | English.news.cn

Kushner in Middle East for peace talks – POLITICO

The trip is Jared Kushner’s third to the region: he accompanied President Trump to Jerusalem in May, and then he traveled to Israel on his own, last June. | Pablo Marintez Monsivais/AP

Accompanying Kushner on Tuesday in the Gulf states were deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, a White House official said.

Source: Kushner in Middle East for peace talks – POLITICO

James Mattis, defense secretary, “comfortable” with White House’s way ahead on Afghanistan – Washington Times

“I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous and did not go in with a pre-set position,” Mr. Mattis told reporters travelling with him during a diplomatic visit to Jordan, which is the first time the former U.S. Central Command chief will visit the country as defense chief.

Source: James Mattis, defense secretary, “comfortable” with White House’s way ahead on Afghanistan – Washington Times

US soldiers killed in Iraq but not as result of “enemy contact” Pentagon says – CBS News

Military says deaths, and 5 other troops wounded, not result of “enemy contact,” but gives no further details.

Thousands of U.S. troops are taking part in the war against ISIS in Iraq. They are mainly providing logistical and other support to Iraqi troops, but many operate close to the front lines.

Source: US soldiers killed in Iraq but not as result of “enemy contact” Pentagon says – CBS News

Bomb kills at least 15 in Pakistani city of Quetta – NY Daily News

By Gul YousafzaiQUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) – A bomb exploded near a crowded market in the Pakistani city of Quetta on Saturday .

“According to the information we have received so far, there are around 15 casualties, people who were martyred, and around 40 people were wounded,” Bugti said. He said a state of emergency had been imposed in the city and all hospitals were on alert.

Source: Bomb kills at least 15 in Pakistani city of Quetta – NY Daily News