Video shows airstrikes
Iraq’s Defense Ministry has released footage showing airstrikes on dozens of vehicles described as a convoy of Islamic State fighters fleeing the western city of Fallujah following its recapture by the Iraqi military. Scores of militants are thought to have been killed in the airstrikes, which authorities lauded as an operation carried out exclusively by the Iraqi military. “More than 20 helicopters took part in the mission and were able to destroy more than 138 vehicles,” Iraqi army commander Lt. Gen. Hamid al-Maliki said. The U.S.-led coalition said Thursday that they also conducted airstrikes on “two large concentrations of Daesh vehicles and fighters,” according to spokesman Col. Christopher Garver. Daesh is an Arabic name for the Islamic State group.
Girl, 13, is slain in home
A Palestinian youth sneaked into a fortified Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Thursday, broke into a home and stabbed to death a 13-year-old Israeli-American girl as she slept in bed before frantic security guards arrived and killed him. The girl, identified as Hallel Yaffa Ariel, became the youngest Israeli victim of a nine-month wave of violence that has seen dozens of Palestinian attacks. The early morning stabbing, carried out by a 17-year-old Palestinian high school dropout, drew angry accusations and calls from Israeli leaders for the world to condemn the incident.
U.N. to monitor violence
The U.N.’s top human rights body on Thursday decided to appoint an expert to monitor violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, a move applauded by LGBT groups. In a 23-18 vote with six abstentions, the Human Rights Council called for the creation of a three-year position for an independent expert to look into wrongdoing against gays, lesbians and transgender people. The expert is expected to be appointed at the next meeting of the 47-member body in September.
Panel to study legal pot
Canada launched a task force Thursday to study the regulation of recreational marijuana ahead of a legalization measure the government plans to send to parliament in the spring of 2017. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had promised to legalize the drug during his 2015 campaign.
Compiled from wire reports.