U.S.-Backed Forces Begin Assault on Raqqa, ISIS Stronghold in Syria

The force of Syrian Kurds and Arab militias say they have begun operations on the city, the Islamic State’s self-proclaimed capital. Source: World

Terrorist Attacks in Britain: A Short History

Terrorists have struck Britain three times in the past three months, but the country has a long history of battling terrorism and extremism. Source: World

Journalist’s Footage Shows Iraqi Forces Torturing Civilians, ABC Report Says

Video taken by Ali Arkady and shared with the news network appears to show uniformed Iraqi forces beating Iraqi civilians. Source: World

Bomb Attack on Pakistan Lawmaker’s Convoy Kills Dozens

The politician, Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, had minor injuries, but his driver and an aide were among those killed in the attack, in remote Baluchistan. Source: World

‘Friendly Fire’ May Have Killed 2 U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan Raid

The Pentagon is investigating the deaths of two Army Rangers during a raid targeting a leader of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan. Source: World

Live Briefing: Pope Francis Arrives in Cairo, Bearing Message of Peace

New York Times correspondents are providing live coverage of Pope Francis’ two-day visit to Egypt. Source: World

As Tillerson Begins Russia Talks, Putin Leaves Him Guessing

The secretary of state has met Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov in Moscow, but whether he would see Russia’s president was the subject of diplomatic theater. Source: World

U.S. Airstrike in Syria Is Said to Kill Dozens of Civilians

Residents of Raqqa and activists said hundreds of displaced Syrians had been sheltering in a school when it was hit. Source: World

British Militant Carried Out Suicide Attack in Iraq, ISIS Says

The possibility that a former Guantánamo inmate had blown himself up stirred outrage in British tabloids, and prompted a strong response from former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Source: World

Iraq Starts Offensive to Retake Western Mosul From ISIS

Planes dropped leaflets urging Islamic State fighters to raise a white flag. Source: World