The offensive to oust the Islamic State from a key stronghold could morph into an urban war of attrition.
The operation marks the third attempt to drive the militants from Tikrit since they seized it in June.
Awaiting retrial, the Al Jazeera reporter worries about how long his freedom will last.
Politician speculated that the attacks were in retaliation for Egyptian airstrikes against the Islamic State.
Iraqi Kurds have been trying to shut down the road between the extremists’ centers in Iraq and Syria.
The appeal reflects the growing openness of Middle Eastern countries to intervention in neighboring states.
The airstrikes marked the first time Egypt has publicly acknowledged military action in neighboring Libya.
The Islamic State released what it termed a message “to the Nation of the Cross”; U.S. condemns killings.
Bail was set for a Canadian journalist, while the remaining defendants were set free without bond.
Russian President Vladimir Putin landed in Egypt on Monday, calling on fellow strongman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sissi