Middle East

Iraqi Forces Retake One Of ISIS' Last Towns In Iraq

ISIS has lost almost every stronghold it once held in Iraq and Syria.

Iraqi Forces Retake One Of ISIS' Last Towns In Iraq
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ISIS once controlled large swaths of Iraqi and Syrian land. Now, it's lost almost every major stronghold.

Iraqi forces announced Friday they had taken back control of Rawa, one of the last towns the group controlled in Iraq. It's the latest blow against the terrorist organization that has been rapidly losing ground. 

The Pentagon says there's still more work to be done. ISIS still controls parts of neighboring Syria. And Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says U.S. troops will be sticking around to prevent an "ISIS 2.0" from rising.

But there's some worry that ISIS 2.0 has already arrived. The terror group published a report in its newsletter last month that essentially said it now considers itself an insurgency group.

Women in Mosul, Iraq, after ISIS liberation

Liberating A City From ISIS Can Also Mean Liberation For Women

While the terror group imposed strict rules on all of recently liberated Mosul, women were especially oppressed.


There's also the humanitarian side of things: The International Rescue Committee says there are still almost 3.2 million people displaced from years of war in Iraq. And another 2.6 million have returned home but have no way to rebuild or earn money.

The IRC says the international community shouldn't see the decline of ISIS as the end of its responsibility, and that the people affected by the terrorist organization need continued aid.