The Islamic State has taken a firm grip on territory in Mozambique, far from its original strongholds in Syria. Even though the militant group is losing territory in most other places, they have killed and kidnapped thousands in the East African country since 2017. Read more here.
Four years ago this month, Iraqi Special Operations Forces entered Mosul, Iraq. The offensive began fierce fighting to liberate the city from Islamic State (ISIS) militants – and would lead to another kind of liberation.
Iraq’s military blames the Islamic State for yesterday’s ambush on a security post near the airport in Baghdad. “IS attacked the monitoring tower, killing five members of the tribal Hashed and six local people who had come to help repel the attack,” a security source told AFP.
The Yazidis of northern Iraq, an ancient religious minority brutally persecuted by Islamic State, want nothing more than peace, security and a better life in their home town of Sinjar – but they want it on their terms.