Iraqi government forces say they are "advancing constantly" towards Fallujah, a stronghold of "Islamic State" militants. The extremists seem to mount diversionary attacks.
Iraqi courts are sentencing foreigners who have belonged to the "Islamic State" group. DW traces the story of two of them, Lamia K. and her daughter Nadia. Both were handed life sentences in Baghdad this year.
Iraqi MPs meeting in emergency session to resolve the crisis in the southern city of Basra have called for a clampdown. But the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi faces revolt in parliament over his handling of the crisis.
Iraqi youngsters are doing time for their roles in the "Islamic State" terror group. Some will leave jail even more radicalized. As one of the first foreign journalists, Judit Neurink visited Irbil's juvenile prison.
German Defense Minister von der Leyen has met with Iraqi officials to determine how to continue to assist authorities in the country. But a debate about the Bundeswehr's role in the region could soften its commitment.
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