What We're Following This Morning

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Sinjar offensive: Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, began an offensive this morning to retake Mount Sinjar from the Islamic State. The area in northern Iraq is where the Islamic State perpetrated atrocities last year on the Yazidi minority. Update: More here

Libyan talks could be imperiled: The New York Times is reporting that the government of the United Arab Emirates continued to support certain rebel groups in the Libyan conflict despite an international arms embargo. At the same time, the UAE offered a lucrative position to the U.N. diplomat who was drafting a peace deal in Libya, the newspaper reported. The reporting is based on leaked emails.

More from Missouri: Janna Basler, the director of Greek Life at the University of Missouri who was seen in a video trying to physically remove a photographer at a camp for protesters, has been put on administrative leave. Separately, Melissa Click, the assistant professor of communication who called for “muscle” to remove the photographer, has apologized for her actions.