“We promised to liberate Fallujah, and it has returned to the embrace of the nation.” — Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, after Iraqi special forces swept into the city, recapturing most of it from the Islamic State group.
“The last thing I would do is tell anybody to do something that’s contrary to their conscience. Of course I wouldn’t do that.” — House Speaker Paul Ryan, advising Republican lawmakers to follow their own consciences in deciding whether to support Donald Trump, the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee. Ryan has given Trump a tepid endorsement.
“It gives a measure of hope to clean athletes that there are consequences not only for athletes who dope, but for countries which do not engage seriously in the fight against doping.” — U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun, after Russia’s track and field athletes were banned from the Rio Olympics for systematic doping that allegedly operated “from the top down.”