The town of Tabqa near Syria's largest dam had been a key planning and coordination hub for Islamic State since 2013 until IS was ousted this month. Displaced residents are slowly returning and shops are re-opening after IS was recently ousted.
As Islamic State (IS) continues losing ground to the U.S.-backed Iraqi forces in Mosul, IS militants are trying to regroup in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, where they still control scattered towns and villages. VOA’s Dilshad Anwar reports.
Students and faculty of Mosul University have returned to repair their campus, which was reduced in areas earlier this year to rubble amid a U.S.-backed operation to remove the Islamic State forces. VOA's Kawa Omar reports.