Sunni jihadist forces, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL), launched a major offensive in northern Iraq on June 9, resulting in the capture of Iraq’s second largest city on June 10. Counter-attacks by Iraqi security forces and the Kurdish Peshmerga slowed the offensive, and Shiite Iraqis have been volunteering in large numbers to fight ISIS. The US and Iran have been discussing the situation, and might work together to support the Iraqi government.
Jan. 10 Photo Brief: Whales trapped under Canadian ice, dog sled races in Poland and orthodox snowman in Israel
Killer whales trapped under Canadian ice, Border Rush dog races along the Czech-Poland border, a Jewish boy makes an orthodox snowman next to the Western Wall in Jerusalem and and more in today’s daily brief.