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Iraq Army Presses Tikrit Attack as Extremists Declare Islamic State

Iraqi warplanes carried out airstrikes overnight on the northern city of Tikrit as they battle to regain control from Sunni militants who have declared the formation of an Islamic state across areas of Iraq and Syria. Fighting continued Monday in Tikrit, one of several cities where militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control in a surge beginning in early June. On Sunday, ISIL declared in an audio statement posted online that its chief, Abu Bakr...

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