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Iraq Launches Operation to Recapture Anbar


Iraqi government troops at a checkpoint in the Jurf al-Sakher area, some 50 kilometers south of Baghdad, to protect the area from further Islamic State (IS) group advancement, on May 24, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI)

Iraqi government troops at a checkpoint in the Jurf al-Sakher area, some 50 kilometers south of Baghdad, to protect the area from further Islamic State (IS) group advancement, on May 24, 2015. (AFP PHOTO / HAIDAR HAMDANI)

The Iraqi government said it has launched an operation to seize control of Anbar province from Islamic State militants.

A government television broadcast announced the move. Islamist fighters seized the western province’s capital, Ramadi, earlier this month. Iraqi troops and pro-government militias have been gathering east of the city, preparing for an offensive to reclaim the mostly Sunni province.

Al-Shabab attacks Kenya police near Somali border

Kenyan officials say al-Shabab militants attacked a group of police officers late Monday near the border with Somalia.

Officials say one police officer was killed and at least four others were injured. The attacks took place in Garissa County. In the same county last month, Islamist militants killed 148 people, mostly students, at Garrissa University College.

Spy trial of Washington Post journalist begins in Iran

The spy trial of American newspaper reporter Jason Rezaian began Tuesday in Iran. The first day of the trial was closed to the public and lasted about two hours.

The state-run IRNA news agency said the trial was being held in a Revolutionary Court, which usually hears cases involving national security.

Iranian officials have not released details of any charges against Mr. Rezaian. The trial is expected to last two to three days.

Mr. Rezaian was arrested last July. He was held for months in an Iranian prison without being charged or permitted to visit with a lawyer.

Recovery continue in Texas and Mexico after strong storms

Recovery operations in Texas and Mexico are expected to continue Tuesday, after severe weather ravaged the region.

The city of Houston got as much as 25 centimeters of rainfall in some areas Monday and Tuesday.

At least six people have died in the storms in Texas and Oklahoma.

Across the border in Mexico, people are cleaning up in Ciudad Acuna after a tornado hit the city, killing at least 13 people.

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Words in the News

province – n. any one of the large parts that some countries are divided into

ravage – v. to damage or harm (something) very badly

tornado – n. a violent and destructive storm in which powerful winds move around a central point

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