After nine months of brutal fighting, the Iraqi Forces have freed Mosul from Islamic State militants. While police is clearing the city of explosives, civilians are returning to their homes.
Music is back in Mosul, as are books and paintings. With the "Islamic State" group gone, locals are enjoying their newfound freedom and embracing culture. Will it last? Judit Neurink reports from Mosul.
Germany has extended its military mandate in Iraq, but will end reconnaissance missions by October 31, 2019. Last month, Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said she couldn't rule out a longer-term deployment.
The Iraqi parliament has elected veteran Kurdish politician Barham Salih as president. The vote threw a spotlight on the deep divisions within the Kurdish camp.
Despite military defeat in the region, the "Islamic State" militant group can still "mount attacks inside Syrian territory," according to a UN report. In Iraq, the group "remains active" hiding out in desert areas.
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