The loss of Palmyra to the Syrian army is another major setback for "Islamic State" extremists, after the Iraqi army drove them out of Ramadi three months ago. The jihadis are now feeling the heat to defend their strongholds of Raqqa and Mosul.
The battle for "Islamic State" stronghold Raqqa has reached its final stages, according to the Syrian Democratic Forces, the US-backed multi-ethnic alliance fighting IS. Karlos Zurutuza reports from Raqqa.
Losing ground in its power base in the Middle East, the "Islamic State" militant group's future appears as open as ever. DW spoke to counter-terrorism experts and scholars to discuss the likelihood of its survival.
Where IS has been expelled, Iraqi society is in disarray. Lovers who could only marry and get children under the militants' watchful eyes are now looking to have their unions recognized – with the help of a mobile court.
Reports from Iraq suggest that as many as five Japanese are among those detained after the fall of an "Islamic State" stronghold near Mosul. Why did they leave safe and peaceful Japan to live in a war zone?
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