The Iraqi government begins a counter-offensive against the Islamic State group after its fighters capture the city of Ramadi.
It has been a bad week for the American-led "strategy" against militants from so-called Islamic State - a strategy with the US president himself views with great qualms and some reluctance.
Islamic State fighters are reported to have seized the last border crossing between Syria and Iraq, in the latest advance by the jihadist group against Bashar al-Assad's struggling military.
Concerns are raised over the fate of ancient monuments in the Syrian city of Palmyra - but the victory by the Islamic State group is first and foremost a strategic one.
Islamic State militants group claim they are in control of all of the Syrian city of Palmyra, home to one of the world's most important heritage sites, vowing to destroy its priceless treasures.
US special operations forces kill a senior Islamic State group leader and capture his wife in what is only the second ground operation in Syria announced by the US.
As Islamic State fighters close in on a 2,000 year old city which is home to one of Syria's world heritage sites, there are fears they will destroy ancient artefacts if they advance any further.
Channel 4 News uncovers a network of underground bloggers and activists operating across Europe, who are helping thousands of Syrian refugees desperate for asylum.
Mirvat and her family fled Syria, eventually arriving in the UK via Lebanon, Egypt, Libya and Calais. She has begun a new life - but cannot forget what she went through to get here.