After taking Mosul, the top US commander in Iraq says the coalition's next target is Raqqa - the so-called Islamic State's final stronghold in Syria. Thousands of civilians are trapped in the city and their situation is rapidly deteriorating.
The Iraqi premier has announced the defeat of "Islamic State" (IS) after months of fighting to uproot the militant group. But European authorities have warned that its ideology still remains a threat to global security.
More than two years after joining the conflict, the Russian president has announced Moscow's partial departure. But he warned that "if terrorists again raise their head," Russia will deliver strikes "they haven't seen."
The world is not as it once was. An impatient German foreign minister is calling for Europe to finally start acting and thinking strategically, not morally. High time indeed, yet DW's Jens Thurau has a few issues.
With a "hard core of foreign fighters," the notorious militant group has positioned itself for its last stand in Raqqa. The US-led coalition against "Islamic State" has rejected any negotiated withdrawal of militants.
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