In October 2017, the Syrian city of Raqqa was liberated from the Islamic State terror group. Kurdish and Syrian forces captured not only IS fighters, but also their wives, some of whom are German. They now face an uncertain future.
The leader was responsible for the beheading of a US aid worker in Syria, said a US official. Even as the group suffers military defeat in Iraq and Syria, the UN has warned it still poses a threat to global security.
The Global Terrorism Index 2018 showed the decline was most pronounced in Iraq and Syria. Islamic State tops the list of deadliest terror groups, but far-right extremism is also on the rise.
The Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq says that IS is rising like a phoenix from the ashes. The organization is regrouping, filling the void left by its quarreling adversaries. Judit Neurink reports from Irbil and Mosul.
Australian police have said a man who embarked on a killing in Melbourne was radicalized by "Islamic State" propaganda. But they said no direct connection with the extremist group had yet been established.
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