Iraqi troops are vowing to retake the 'Islamic State' bastion of Ramadi. Iraq's army chief of staff said final preparations were underway. IS took control of the strategically important capital of Anbar province more than half a year ago.
The German government wants to bring back the children of German IS members who fought in Syria, according to a report. At least six children — including babies — are currently in detention centers in Iraq.
The capture of Rawa last week signaled the fall of the final IS stronghold in Iraq, putting a decisive end to the terror group's "caliphate" aspirations. Liberation forces are now pushing into the desert.
Russia's military force in Syria could be significantly reduced before the end of the year. The chief of the Russian military general staff said, however, that some military structures would be retained.
The US-led coalition in Syria tried to "impede" Russian warplanes from bombing "Islamic State" (IS) militia, the Russian Defense Ministry said. It also accused Washington of allowing the jihadists to regroup in Iraq.
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