Robbing ISIS of its last stronghold in Iraq would mean depriving it of a safe haven for planning international terrorism, says German politician Ruprecht Polenz.
The African Union has said up to 6,000 Africans who fought for the so-called Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq and Syria could return home. DW spoke to security analyst Ryan Cummings on the implications.
The Iraqi premier has announced the defeat of "Islamic State" (IS) after months of fighting to uproot the militant group. But European authorities have warned that its ideology still remains a threat to global security.
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.
More than two years after joining the conflict, the Russian president has announced Moscow's partial departure. But he warned that "if terrorists again raise their head," Russia will deliver strikes "they haven't seen."
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