Aided by its air force and the US-led coalition, the Iraqi army has liberated large parts of the city of Ramadi. Despite government attempts to evacuate the city, thousand of people remain in the predominantly Sunni city in the Anbar province.
Three months after its liberation, former IS fighters remain a threat in Hawija. Judit Neurink, the first Western journalist to visit the liberated town, reports on how locals are dealing with the new threat.
Iraqis get to elect a new parliament in May. Manifold parties and factions are vying for power, but most are too weak to win a significant number of votes. Now, some are calling for the election to be postponed.
Riyadh and Tehran have not been speaking to each other since they broke off diplomatic relations in January 2016. The small Alpine country has just finalized an agreement to end the silence.
Germany's secret service has reportedly joined a US-led unit targeting jihadis returning to Europe from Iraq and Syria. Officials have warned that many families of "Islamic State" fighters have already returned home.
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