FROM Nour Malas
Shiite Forces Mobilize to Retake Ramadi The government of Iraq has deployed two powerful Shiite militias to help retake the city of Ramadi from ISIS, the so-called Islamic state, which captured it Sunday. It's a risky strategy in volatile Anbar Province, with its mix of Sunni tribesmen and other security units. Nour Malas is reporting from Baghdad for the Wall Street Journal . Special thanks to Sarah Sween for production assistance.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."