Brussels, London, Amazon: Your Wednesday Briefing

His neighbors in Cardiff, the Welsh capital, and other acquaintances described him to our reporter as a troubled man, belligerent and aggressive.



Inside an Iraqi Major’s Battle Against ISIS

Ben C. Solomon, a Times video journalist, tells the story of Major Sajjad al-Hour as he leads 150 men through the war-torn streets of Mosul.

By BEN C. SOLOMON and TAIGE JENSEN on Publish Date June 20, 2017.

Photo by Ben C. Solomon/The New York Times.

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Our videographer was embedded with Iraqi troops on the front lines of the war against the Islamic State in Mosul.

The city, Iraq’s second-largest, was controlled by the militants for two years, and the soldiers we followed were greeted as liberators. One family even named a newborn after the unit’s 33-year-old commander, Maj. Sajjad al-Hour, above.



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• Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, told business leaders that she was prepared to consider a eurozone budget and a finance minister, under the right conditions. Her response to that French proposal could point to the next steps in European integration.

Meanwhile in France, Sylvie Goulard and Richard Ferrand left the cabinet amid accusations that they and two other ministers used European funds to benefit their French party. All deny wrongdoing.



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• Much of Europe is facing a heat wave as summer begins…

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