Amnesty International has accused Kurdish forces fighting jihadists in Iraq of destroying thousands of homes in a possible attempt to uproot Arab communities. The human rights group says the actions could amount to war crimes.
The German army has restarted a training mission in Iraqi Kurdistan after a week pause. But the mission's continuation is in doubt due to conflict between the autonomous Kurdish region and Iraq.
Iraqi Kurds grieve the loss of lands they have had to return to Iraq's control and their shattered dream of independence. As they see it, it isn't their politicians who are to blame, but the international community.
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.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has hailed the renewed cooperation between Riyadh and Baghdad at a Saudi-organized summit. He also called on Iran to recall paramilitaries from Iraqi territory.
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