Ramadi is in ruins - 80 percent destroyed. And then there's the human toll. Only 120 civilians are believed to be still in a city that was once home to a quarter of a million. Many have joined the growing numbers of the internally displaced.
US-backed Syrian militias say they have taken full control of Raqqa after four months of fighting. The city had served as the self-styled capital of the "Islamic State" terror group since 2014.
Russia has accused the US of "barbaric" bombardment of Raqqa, after US-backed forces took control of the city earlier this week. Forces on both sides are racing to reclaim land in Syria's oil-rich Deir el-Zour province.
The Philippine defense secretary has said the last of the pro-'Islamic State' militants in the southern city of Marawi are "finished." The five-month battle against the group claimed more than 1,000 lives.
German intelligence agencies use refugee tip-offs in the fight against the so-called "Islamic State." Masoud Aqil from Syria handed the police a list of IS supporters – but some doubt the value of such information.
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