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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Pentagon says ISIS siege of mountain broken

Thousands of Yazidis are able to escape, due to the air strikes and the efforts of Kurdish troops. 

NEW YORK TIMES

Do Russians really “love” Putin?

A new poll shows 87 percent of Russians approve of Vladimir Putin’s performance, but it’s important to put that figure into a cultural context.

VICE

U.S. launches airstrikes in Iraq

Two warplanes struck militant posts in northern Iraq on Friday, in the first major U.S. military action taken since the withdrawal of American troops in 2011.

NEW YORK TIMES

Islamist advances could lead to genocide

There is already a humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq.

THE NEW YORKER

U.S. general killed in Afghan shooting

In what was “presumably an internal attack” one major general is dead, a German brigadier general is wounded, and at least 14 other foreign and Afghan soldiers are injured. The major general is the highest-ranking U.S. official to die an international conflict since the Vietnam War.

NEW YORK TIMES

Israelis giving full support to government on Gaza fighting

The common view is that international critics are naive.

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

Europe, U.S. both have flaws in their understanding of Israel and Palestine

But if you have to choose one side of the Atlantic, there is a better spot.

NEW YORK TIMES

Netanyahu vows Hamas will pay big price

The prime minister of Israel said he would continue ground operations in Gaza but left the door open to talks.

WASHINGTON POST

Lynnwood man may be sent back to Korean labor camps

Kenneth Bae was originally detained in 2012 while leading a tourism group in North Korea. After working in harsh labor camps there for nearly two years, he was hospitalized for several months because of kidney and diabetes complications. Back in Seattle, his family has lobbied for his release but recently discovered he may be sent back to the labor camps.

SEATTLE TIMES

Gaza ceasefire crumbles, Israeli soldier captured

The 72-hour Gaza ceasefire collapsed on Friday as Israeli shelling killed 50 Palestinians, and Palestinians abducted an Israeli soldier.

AL JAZEERA
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