The self-proclaimed "Islamic State" (IS) is a Sunni Islamist rebel group which controls territory in Iraq and Syria. It is also active in eastern Libya and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, among other places.
The United Nations has accused "IS" of committing human rights abuses, mass executions and war crimes. The terror group is known for its social media and web propaganda, which includes online videos of the beheadings of soldiers, journalists and aid workers. It is largely financed by income from the oil fields in Syria and Iraq, and private donations, often from the Gulf states Qatar and Saudi Arabia. DW's recent content tagged with "Islamic State" or "IS" appears on this page.
DW reporters Sandra Petersmann and Birgitta Schülke recently returned from a monthlong trip to Iraq where they met Yazidi refugees and visited former "Islamic State" strongholds. IS has been largely defeated in Iraq, but they've left a deadly legacy. Many Yazidis are still displaced, traumatized and desperately searching for loved ones. We spoke with Petersmann about her experiences.
Kocher is a 40-year-old Yazidi mother and refugee whose family was ripped apart by the "Islamic State" in 2014. On a trip to Iraq, DW reporters Sandra Petersmann and Birgitta Schülke met her and what remains of her family on Mount Sinjar. Their report is presented by Charli Shield.
This week's WorldLink follows DW reporters Sandra Petersmann and Birgitta Schülke as they travel to Iraq to visit Yazidi refugees, four years after the genocide campaign by the "Islamic State." We also visit the US-Mexico border, remember a wartime romance in Korea and check out a mourning trend in Los Angeles that includes sweat and laughter.
What does Turkish President Erdogan's election win mean for Germany? How do German-Turks live today? And why is Michaela's hamster Billy finding stardom in South Korea? This week we shake off our Alman dorkiness and go cool Kreuzberg, as hosts Damien McGuinness and Michaela Küfner chat all things Turkish with their guests Isil Nergiz and Ali Celikkan.