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Donald Trump lobs a grenade from afar into the G7

Donald Trump lobs a grenade from afar into the G7

Finance
FOR a moment, the Group of Seven (G7) leaders attending their annual summit, in a mountain village in Quebec, looked like they had managed to paper over their differences with President Donald Trump and present a united front. They found just the right wording to secure American agreement on matters that never used to be in question, such as supporting democracy, abiding by international-trade rules and fighting terrorism. Even Mr Trump professed himself pleased, calling the summit wonderful and rating his relationships with other leaders as ten out of ten.Yet barely ten minutes after the official communiqué was published, he changed his mind. He tweeted from somewhere over the Pacific, en route to his “mission of peace” in Singapore with Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s...
Iraqi forces regain full control of Tal Afar

Iraqi forces regain full control of Tal Afar

World
Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Iraqi forces regained total control of the northern city of Tal Afar from the Islamic State on Sunday, Joint Operations command said."By God, it is victory...100 percent liberated," the War Media Cell, the Joint Operations Command's media service, posted on its Facebook page. The word "liberated" in Arabic was stamped on a map of Tal Afar.Earlier Sunday, an Iraqi commander said Islamic State militants were cornered in a region northwest of Tal Afar as Iraqi forces had retaken all areas of the town.On Saturday, the joint commend said it had attained 90 percent control of the city center. Islamic State's largest telecommunications tower was seized and burned.The government launched an operation on Aug. 20.Tal Afar was the militants' last holdout in Nineveh. One month ago, fo...
Iraqi forces seize most of Tal Afar from Islamic State

Iraqi forces seize most of Tal Afar from Islamic State

World
Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Iraqi forces have reclaimed a majority of the Islamic State controlled city of Tal Afar as part of a weeklong offensive.Iraqi Joint Military Command spokesman Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool said Saturday joint troops controlled 60 percent of the battlefield and 90 percent of the city center of Tal Afar in the northwestern Nineveh province.Troops liberated al-Qadisiya, al-Rabei and al-Salam and al-Bawari, as well as the central areas of the Citadel and al-Basateen, where they raised the Iraqi flag.Also on Saturday, paramilitary troops seized the Islamic State's largest telecommunications tower and burned it completely to hide information.The offensive began on Sunday as troops worked to reclaim the last remaining IS enclave in the province after the fall of Mosul.Nearly 500 famili...