The people still living in western Mosul are surrounded by ruins. Drone footage from the city shows the extent of damage caused by recent fighting between Iraqi-led forces and "Islamic State" militants.
Iraq has launched a major operation to retake Hawija, one of the last "Islamic State" strongholds in the country. Plans to oust the militants have been complicated by a referendum on Kurdish independence due next week.
The so-called "Islamic State" has been repeatedly accused of committing atrocities in Iraq. The UN is now ready to make sure evidence of potential war crimes will be preserved.
Iraq's prime minister has said that the courts will decide if 16-year-old Linda W. should face the death penalty for her involvement with IS. The German teen ran away last summer after talking with extremists online.
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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