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Iraq PM: Offensive to Retake Tikrit Underway

An Iraqi coalition of government troops and militias have begun a highly publicized offensive to push Islamic State militants out of the city of Tikrit. The country's Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief, Haider Al-Abadi announced the start of the operation Sunday as he traveled to nearby Samarra to oversee efforts "to liberate Tikrit" and the surrounding governorate of Saladin. Thousands of Shi'ite militiamen, local tribes, and Iraqi forces are said to have teamed...

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