National Security Brief: Refugees Flee Syria At Record Pace

— The United Nations said that around 100,000 refugees fled Syria in August, making it by far the highest monthly total since hostilities began.

— Meanwhile, Reuters reports: Syrian rebels said they planted bombs inside the Syrian army’s General Staff headquarters in central Damascus on Sunday as President Bashar al-Assad’s forces bulldozed buildings to the ground in parts of the capital that have backed the uprising.

— The New York Times reports: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a sport utility vehicle belonging to the United States Consulate in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday morning, Pakistani and American officials said, in one of the most brazen attacks against Americans in the country in recent years.

— The Obama administration is nearing an agreement with Egypt to relieve $1 billion of its debt as part of an assistance package intended to bolster the country’s transition to democracy.


— Right-wing extremist settlers thought to be from the recently evacuated Migron outpost in the West Bank have reportedly vandalized the walls of a Monastery near Jerusalem on Monday with graffiti in Hebrew, including the phrase “Jesus is a monkey.”