Experts from Syria are working together with German authorities to track down art stolen in Syria and Iraq. Much of it turns up on the Internet. IS fighters are selling plundered art to fund their conquests.
UN officials have accused "Islamic State" extremists of using children as a "weapon of war" to deter families from fleeing violence. Iraqi-led forces have surrounded the militant group in its last bastion in Mosul.
The Iraqi army, special forces, and the police, have launched a joint assault on Mosul's Old City, the last foothold of the "Islamic State" (IS) militia. Up to 150,000 civilians are reportedly trapped by fighting.
The Iraqi military has said its troops recaptured the al-Waleed border crossing with Syria from the so-called "Islamic State" militant group. The capture also removes IS fighters from the vicinity of a US base in Syria.
For the first time since the destruction of Palmyra by the IS, two artworks from the city have been restored. Italian archaeologist Maria Laurenti spoke with DW about the political hurdles and challenges of restoration.
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