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Iraq Launches Western Operation Against Islamic State

Iraq's security forces have announced the start of an operation to retake control of Ar-Rutbah, a town in western Anbar province that links Islamic State-controlled areas there with the Jordanian and Syrian borders. "You can look on a map and see the significance of that part of Anbar Province," U.S. Defense Department spokesman Peter Cook told reporters Monday.  "If the Iraqi security forces were able to secure Rutbah, it would be a significant step forward in the...

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