The Syrian Democratic Forces are advancing in the east and west of the "Islamic State" stronghold of Raqqa. A US-led coalition is providing air support, but dozens of civilian casualties are being reported as airstrikes on the Syrian city intensify.
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.
What is life like in Raqqa today? In October 2017, the northern Syrian city was liberated from the rule of the so-called Islamic State, or IS.
Human Rights Watch has said a local group working to uncover mass graves in formerly IS-held areas needs "international support and technical assistance to preserve evidence of possible crimes and identify the remains."
Intelligence officials in Germany thwarted a 2016 attack that was planned by the "Islamic State" militant group. A couple who traveled to Syria was said to be trying to send teams of militants back to Germany.
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