Fight to retake last ISIS territory begins — The last vestige of the Islamic State’s caliphate that straddled Syria and Iraq is under attack. Members of a U.S.-backed coalition said Tuesday they had begun a final push to oust the militants from Hajin, Syria, the remaining sliver of land under the group’s control in the region where it was born. The assault is the final chapter of a war that began more than four years ago after the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, seized enormous tracts in Iraq and Syria and declared a caliphate. The group lost its last territory in Iraq last year.
Duterte dares military officers to rebel — President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Tuesday challenged military veterans and serving officers who oppose him to mount a rebellion, a day after the head of the armed forces warned soldiers not to take sides in the president’s standoff with a senator. The senator, Antonio Trillanes, is a former naval officer and fierce critic of Duterte. Last week, Duterte revoked an amnesty the senator had received for taking part in two brief military uprisings more than 10 years ago and ordered his arrest. Trillanes has been holed up at his Senate office for more than a week.
Bombing in Afghanistan kills 32 — Extremists in eastern Afghanistan bombed a peaceful protest Tuesday, killing at least 32 people, officials said, the deadliest in a series of attacks in the Nangarhar province over the day. The bombings, which also struck three schools, followed a pattern of recent attacks by the Islamic State group in Afghanistan, which has publicly vowed to target educational institutions. The attack also left at least 128 wounded, according to a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar. The protesters had gathered to demand the dismissal of a police commander they accuse of involvement in arbitrary killings, robberies and maintaining a private prison.
Trump speaks at 9/11 tribute — Americans looked back on 9/11 Tuesday with tears and somber tributes as President Donald Trump hailed “the moment when America fought back” on one of the hijacked planes used as weapons in the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil. The president and first lady Melania Trump joined an observance at the Sept. 11 memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the jetliners crashed after 40 passengers and crew members realized what was happening and several passengers tried to storm the cockpit.
Zimbabwe declares cholera emergency — A cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has killed at least 20 people and sickened 2,000 others in the past week, the country’s new health minister said Tuesday as he declared a state of emergency in the capital, Harare. “This whole problem is a result of blocked sewers,” Health Minister Obadiah Moyo said. The government had suspended classes at schools in some suburbs of Harare. Moyo said the state of emergency would “enable us to contain cholera, typhoid and whatever is going on.” Cholera is a bacterial disease spread by fecal matter coming into contact with drinking water or food.
Indian court to allow death of tigress — Wildlife advocates Tuesday pleaded with India’s Supreme Court to save a female tiger known as T-1, who has evaded capture and is believed to have killed 13 people. The 5-year-old tigress has been stalking a scruffy patch of central India for more than two years, mauling herders and farmers, along with cows and horses. Wildlife advocates say she has killed only in self-defense and they cited India’s strict requirements to protect the endangered animals. But it was to no avail. A two-judge panel upheld a plan by forestry officials to kill T-1 if a concerted effort to capture her fails.
Dallas leaders tamp down shooting protest — Dallas police swiftly admitted that a white officer who shot a black man in his own apartment last week had made a mistake. They expressed contrition, turned the case over to independent investigators and reached out to the victim’s family. That proactive approach appeared to tamp down anger in the community in the first few days after the killing on Sept. 6. There have been protests but not large-scale unrest since the death of Botham Jean, a native of the Caribbean island of St. Lucia who went to a Christian university in Arkansas and worked in Dallas for accounting firm PwC. The killing by officer Amber Guyger — who told officers she believed the victim’s apartment was her own — could have led to an “explosive situation” on the streets, said Frederick Haynes, pastor of a Baptist church in Dallas and vice president of the African-American Pastors Coalition.
Ex-Trump aides push back against book — A new White House tell-all from journalist Bob Woodward, the election season’s most-talked-about political book, officially went on sale Tuesday as several former aides of President Donald Trump sought to distance themselves from the depiction of a chaotic West Wing. Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter and onetime economic adviser Gary Cohn both pushed back against “Fear,” which portrays a White House mired in dysfunction, with aides disparaging the Republican president and working to prevent him from making disastrous decisions. While neither former staffer directly denied details in the book, Porter said in a statement that the book offers a “selective and often misleading portrait.” And Cohn told Axios that the “book does not accurately portray my experience at the White House.” Speaking to reporters in the White House on Tuesday, Trump praised his former aides’ supportive statements and again labeled the book “fiction.” Woodward, a longtime Washington Post reporter, has staunchly defended his work in an extensive media tour.