Iraq and Syria have declared victory over IS. As the smoke clears they face the monumental task of rebuilding, while regional powers face off in their territories.

 

In 2017, Iraq and Syria retook almost all of the 100,000km² formerly held by Islamic State (IS). Between the Russian-backed Syrian Army and US-backed coalition forces, IS strongholds were thoroughly bombarded. IS was annihilated, but so were dozens of cities and villages in the process, whilst IS’ slash and...