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