Soldiers from western countries, including the US, UK and Germany, have voluntarily joined the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) to fight "Islamic State" militants in Syria. The YPG is one of the most effective groups battling the Islamists.
Police in Munich have raided the home of a left-wing activist who posted the flag of Kurdish militia YPG to Facebook. The YPG has helped German intelligence and receives arms from the US military in Syria.
Beirut has begun strikes against "Islamic State" positions near its border with Syria. The move is a precarious one, as it places the US-backed army tenuously on the same side as Hezbollah and Bashar al-Assad.
UN experts say the "Islamic State" is still capable of sending funds to supporters and motivating global attacks. "Europe remained a priority region" for IS attacks, they said, despite developments in Iraq and Syria.
Masoud Aqil was an Islamic State prisoner in Syria. After fleeing to Germany, the Kurdish journalist realized that IS terrorists were also in Europe, and he began to track them. Frank Hofmann has this exclusive for DW.
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