Many fear a humanitarian crisis following the onset of the Iraqi military offensive on Mosul. Aid organizations expect up to one million refugees.
During the IS occupation of Iraq's Mosul, secret sessions were held for women to exorcise demons — despite the IS deeming them black magic and banning any alternative religious practices. DW's Judit Neurink reports.
Iraqi and foreign IS fighters have been transferred to Iraq from Syria. It was unclear if European IS fighters and family members were among those shipped to Iraq.
The Kurdish-led forces have described the operation as the "decisive battle" to defeat the militant group in Syria. With a looming US withdrawal, pressure is on to uproot IS in its remaining enclave.
The Foreign Ministry in Dhaka has rejected any claim that British IS bride Shamima Begum might have rights to citizenship. The UK has moved to withdraw Begum's citizenship, in a move she has described as "a bit unjust."
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