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Iraqi forces begin operation against IS group to reclaim Tal Afar
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced early Sunday the start of a battle to retake Tal Afar, a key Northern Iraqi bastion of the Islamic State (IS) group and one of their last remaining strongholds in the region.



Macron seeks release of French journalist Loup Bureau, detained in Turkey
French President Emmanuel Macron sought to secure the release of a French reporter detained in Turkey at the end of July, during a conversation Tuesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a statement said.



Iraq starts bombing Tal Afar in bid to reclaim town from Islamic State group
Iraqi warplanes carried out air strikes Tuesday against Islamic State group positions in Tal Afar in preparation for a ground assault to retake the town near the Syrian border, the military said.



Jordan's King Abdullah II visits West Bank in trip seen as message
Jordan's king flew by helicopter to the West Bank on Monday — a rare visit seen as a signal to Israel that he is closing ranks with the Palestinians on key issues, such as a contested Jerusalem shrine.



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