Iraqi special forces have moved into Fallujah for the first time since IS took the city two years ago. A mass grave containing 400 bodies is IS's legacy, as people risk their lives whether they stay or try to escape to a nearby refugee camp.
The Iraqi military has imposed a curfew in the city's heavily secured Green Zone after demonstrators stormed the area. The protests were centered around the state's inability to remove corruption and improve security.
The "Islamic State" group has stepped up its suicide-bombing campaign on Baghdad. For many Iraqis it's become a common occurrence - but young people are trying to get on with their lives as Judit Neurink found out.
The US is set to deploy a rocket launcher system in southeastern Turkey, across the border from Syria. The move is to bolster Turkey's attempts to repel 'IS' from the area and create buffer zones for Syrian refugees.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said Russia's airstrikes against targets in Syria are vital for stability in the Middle East. The embattled leader decried international meddling in Syria's political leadership.
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