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Iraqi Forces Advance Toward Tikrit

Iraqi forces have retaken a town near Tikrit, as they advance in the second week of fighting for the Islamic State-held city. A coalition of troops and Shi'ite militia members drove IS fighters out of al-Alam on Tuesday. "We want al-Alam to be the launchpad for the liberation of Tikrit and Mosul," local mayor Laith al-Jubouri told Reuters by telephone. Islamic State militants seized Tikrit, the capital of Saladin province, in June. Reclaiming the city, which is a...

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