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Iraq PM: Offensive to Retake Tikrit Under Way

An Iraqi coalition of government troops and militias has 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. Abadi called on Sunni tribal fighters to abandon the Islamic State group.  He offered what...

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