Even if the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul is over, the struggle to find the missing men abducted by Daesh after the group seized the city in 2014 continues.
Government says the explosions in Baghdad's Sadr City district occurred in a weapons depot housed within a mosque.
A suicide bomber stuck a gathering of the country's top clerics in Kabul. The clerics had issued an Islamic ruling (fatwa), declaring that suicide attacks are "haram" – forbidden under Islamic law. Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.
Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem says that apart from Daesh and rebels, the US needs to withdraw from a strategic base in the southwest of the country.
Iraqi elections' big winner Moqtada al Sadr promised a non-corrupt political system, less sectarian division, and sovereignty under a coalition he wants to create. But the challenge of realising them is bigger than forming a government.
Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Units fought alongside government forces in the fight against Daesh. Many of its fighters have now abandoned arms to take part in Iraq's political process.
The only way to prevent a Daesh resurgence in Iraq is to integrate the poorest and most marginalised Iraqis into the economic and political structures of the country.
Global Witness reports Daesh in Afghanistan are trying to wrest control of talc mines from other armed groups in Nangarhar.
The Syrian regime says it has retaken the last neighbourhoods in southern Damascus held by Daesh and declared the capital and its surroundings "completely safe" from militants for the first time in nearly seven years.
A Surabaya police spokesman said police arrested 13 suspects over the two suicide bombings carried out by two families, after conducting raids in Surabaya and its neighbouring cities of Malang and Pasuruan.
Iraqis are hoping that the vote can lock in a fragile peace, roughly five months after the nation declared victory over Daesh. But the war-torn country faces the mammoth task of reconstruction, while Daesh continues to pose a major security threat.
Voting has begun in Iraq's first parliamentary election since declaring victory over Daesh, with the country hoping to shore up a fragile peace and rebuild.
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