COVID-19 is a threat for many refugee camps across the world. Sanitary conditions are typically not ideal and social distancing is nearly impossible. But at two camps in northern Syria, residents face the virus as well as stigmatization tied to their lives under ISIS.
Some former Raqqa residents worry about what's next for their city.
Two Americans and on Briton volunteering with the Kurdish People's Protection Units appear to be the first foreign volunteers to have died fighting ISIS in Raqqa, Syria.
A new report by analytics group IHS Markit finds that in the years since declaring its "caliphate," ISIS has lost control of 60 percent of its territories, and seen an 80 percent drop in its revenue.
Although several hundred US special forces troops have been active in Syria for months now, the Marines' arrival marks the largest deployment of America's conventional forces in Syria since the civil war began six years ago.
An alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias called the Syrian Democratic Forces, with US support, launched an offensive Sunday on Raqqa, the Islamic State's de facto Syrian capital.
Despite civil war in Syria, and airstrikes by US, Russian and Syrian jets, bus service continues to towns and cities across the country, including to ISIS-held areas.
Mezar Matar’s witnessed ISIS fighters take over his hometown in the summer of 2013. He saw them violently enforce Sharia law, seize homes, close schools and stage elaborate public executions. He watched as they punished women for their clothes, flogged anyone on the streets during prayer times and beat people for smoking cigarettes. Matar saw ISIS arrest his friends, abduct his brother and recruit children to join its ranks.
A Syrian activist with the opposition group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently speaks out.
The forces of the so-called Islamic State have mounted a daring raid on the city of Kobane in northern Syria. They are also on the offensive elsewhere. But at the same time, the ISIS capital in Syria is coming under pressure.
In the Syrian city of Raqqa, residents have come to accept life under ISIS. In Iraq, the battle is raging to wrest Tikrit from ISIS control.