This Week in Pictures: July 30-Aug 5
This week saw the start of a new U.S. bombing campaign over Islamic State targets in Surt, Libya, and the escalation of political controversy—sparked when Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump criticized the parents of an Army captain who was killed in Iraq.
As the tension between Ghazala and Khizr Khan, Gold Star parents, and Donald Trump carried over from last week, top GOP leaders struggled with whether or not to intervene. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Mitch McConnell both came out in defense of the Khans—without directly addressing Trump—while Sen. John McCain issued a scathing condemnation of the nominee. In response, Trump refused to endorse Paul Ryan, who is up for re-election.
The continuing dispute has brought with it renewed scrutiny over news of Trump’s five deferments from the Vietnam draft, and on Tuesday veteran Louis Dorfman gifted Trump his own purple heart at a campaign rally in Ashburn, Virginia. Meanwhile, Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton saw a surge in polls.
Severe flooding throughout India killed more than 160 people, as wildfires raged on the Greek island of Evia. More cases of Zika have been found in Florida’s Miami-Dade County, and a blaze broke out in a shopping mall in Afghanistan.
A knife attack in London on Thursday killed an American woman, on the same day protests welcomed the arrival of the Olympic Torch to Rio de Janeiro. Olympic athletes have spent the week preparing for the Friday night opening ceremony to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.