A major ISIS city has been recaptured by U.S.-backed forces and President Donald Trump is facing backlash for some controversial comments. Meanwhile, more information has been released on the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars spinoff film.
Check out the biggest national headlines from the past week.
ISIS capital city falls to US-backed forces
Another of the Islamic State’s largest strongholds has fallen.
The location, which served as one of the Islamic State’s de-facto capitals for a nearly 3 years, is finally free of oppressive ISIS militants who allegedly beheaded civilians for offenses as minor as smoking.
Syrian Democratic Forces spokesperson and Brigadier General Talal Sillo said the liberation of Raqqa represents a major symbolic victory for the US and its allies. Sillo hailed the seize as according to Fox News.
With the capture of Raqqa, two of ISIS’s largest and most important cities have fallen. At its height in 2014, ISIS controlled both Raqqa and Mosul, Iraq. Mosul was re-captured by Iraqi government force
Trump criticized for comments toward other presidents’ responses to deceased soldiers
President Donald Trump is facing criticism after suggesting during a speech Monday that former presidents did not call the families of deceased soldiers.
“The traditional way if you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls,” . “I like to call when it's appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it. They have made the ultimate sacrifice so generally I would say that I like to call.”
Criticism towards Trump intensified after Democratic Representative Frederica Wilson of Florida claimed the president showed disrespect toward the family member of Sgt. La David Thompson, a soldier killed during the ambush.
Trump responded on Twitter, calling the statement “totally fabricated,” and saying that he has “proof.”
White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday the president “was completely respectful, very sincere.”
Han Solo spinoff gets a name, will be released in 2018
More information has been released about the upcoming Star Wars spinoff movie.
Solo: A Star Wars Story will serve as a prequel-spinoff to the original Star Wars trilogy and will focus on the early days of a young Han Solo. The film is set to be released May 25, 2018.
Alden Ehrenreich will star as Han Solo with Donald Glover and Joonas Suotamo portraying Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca, respectively.
Cavs take down Celtics, Irving in NBA opener
Lebron James led both teams in points (29) and rebounds (16) in addition to 9 assists. Kevin Love hit a game-winning 3-point shot with 46.3 left to bring the Cavs to 1-0.
The game marked Kyrie Irving’s return to Cleveland following the high-profile trade that sent Irving to Boston in exchange for Isiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. Irving requested a trade after reports surfaced that he was unhappy in Cleveland.
Later in the night, the Houston Rockets defeated the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors 122-121.