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.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a long-threatened ground offensive against Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Could the push, as critics say, massively destabilise the region? Our guests: Daniel Gerlach (Zenith), Malte Lehming (Tagesspiegel), Seda Serdar (DW)
The sudden US troop withdrawal from Syria has left its Kurdish allies in the lurch. As a Turkish offensive looms, the risk of devastating consequences, including IS resurgence, has Brussels and much of Europe concerned.