French President Hollande is on a visit to Iraq, the country where so-called Islamic State first gained a foothold. Now IS has struck again, claiming responsibility for a bus bombing in the capital Baghdad which left at least 35 dead.
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.
The UN Security Council's compensation agency has announced Baghdad's desire to settle war reparations by 2021. Iraq had suspended compensation payments following the rise of the "Islamic State" militant group.
The Syrian army retook the city of Deir el-Zour from the "Islamic State," on a day the militants also lost al-Qaim in Iraq. The twin blow means the jihadis have lost almost all their urban strongholds in Syria and Iraq.
Scores of displaced people from the latest fighting in Syria's Deir el-Zour province have been killed in a car bombing. The blast follows the Syrian army's recapture of the last major city held by the jihadists.
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