Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa who escaped the Islamic State's de-factor capital say IS has become increasingly brutal toward residents. The militant extremists are using many as human shields as U.S.-backed Syrian forces intensify their siege around the city. VOA's Zana Omar reports.
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.