Germany strongly supports the United States and the anti-Islamic State alliance, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told DW-TV. "We are committed to stay the course for as long as necessary," she said.
The "Islamic State" went on a killing spree for weeks in a town in Syria's central Homs province ahead of its retreat, according to a Syrian official. The killings raise fears of more revenge attacks as IS loses ground.
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-backed Syrian militias say they have taken full control of Raqqa after four months of fighting. The city had served as the self-styled capital of the "Islamic State" terror group since 2014.
The US man was found guilty of plotting to kill a conservative blogger for organizing a "Draw the Prophet" cartoon contest. He was also convicted of conspiring to commit acts of terror on behalf of the "Islamic State."
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