Tikrit

At least 14 victims were actual police officers.
The militant group is trying to hold off an enormous advance on the occupied city of Mosul.
According to Reuters correspondent Ned Parker, for example, the US has let "Shi'a militias" "run amok" in Sunni towns. But there is a fundamental problem with this representation.
Even if the French wholeheartedly embraced this plan, it's not going to happen overnight. And a lot of brave soldiers are going to die in the effort -- there is no getting around that. Whether this price is politically acceptable is up to the French people, really. It's for them to decide.
There's strength in numbers and its always easier when a coalition can close ranks against a common enemy the way the allies did against the axis powers during the Second World War. But there's also something undeniably intriguing about the prospect of sharing objectives with unlikely partners.
Two cities, two air campaigns. In many ways completely different from each other, and yet both underscore the growing power and influence of Iran in the Middle East. From Riyadh's perspective, these two conflicts at opposite ends of the Arabian Peninsula are just the opening round.