Victory is proclaimed in Sinjar. On the second day of an offensive against Islamic State militants, Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have retaken the key town. The president of Iraqi Kurdistan says the next stop is Mosul.
The 'Islamic State' is facing defeat in Mosul and Raqqa. Massive rivalries between groups within the coalition fighting IS are already posing serious threats to any future peace.
US officials have congratulated the Iraqi government after it announced it has retaken the northern city of Mosul from IS. But the United Nations says the humanitarian crisis there is far from over.
The coalition's defeat of the so-called "Islamic State" in Mosul has shown it can wage war. Can it now wage peace? It won't be easy, writes Matthias von Hein.
The Iraqi Kurds will hold a independence referendum in September that is sure to pass. The referendum is more about gaining bargaining chips with Baghdad and overcoming Kurdish divisions than a drive for statehood.
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