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The US is to send 1,000 extra troops to the Middle East, following a move last month to send 1,500 troops to the region. It comes as tensions between the US and Iran continue to escalate, amid fears that a misstep by either side could trigger a military conflict that nobody wants. Suzanne Lynch is on the line from Washington with the latest. Plus: EU leaders hoping for a break from Brexit at this week’s summit in Brussels will be sorely disappointed. As the Tory leadership competition continues, and with claims from some contenders that they could get a new deal from Brussels, Brexit has been forced onto the summit agenda. No official statement is expected out of the meeting, but Brexit is likely to get a mention during the end-of-summit press conference. Europe editor Patrick Smyth reports on what else will be up for discussion.

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