200 corpses found in mass grave in Syria’s Raqa | AFP

Two hundred corpses, including those of people believed to have been executed by the Islamic State group, were found near the Syrian city of Raqa, a local official and a war monitor says.

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Syrians search for IS captives a year after caliphate crumbles

When the Islamic State group lost its Syrian bastion Raqa last year, family members of missing people hoped to finally uncover what happened to their relatives, who vanished years ago in the jihadists’ prisons. But with many IS jails destroyed in fighting and no centralised body investigating the issue, Syrians have spent a year desperately searching with no answers.

Year after IS lost Raqa, holdout hospital awaits recovery

Shattered ultra-sound machines and prosthetic limbs litter the hallways of Raqa’s main hospital, still gutted a year after the Islamic State group made its infamous last stand in its Syrian heartland. The bullet-riddled complex looms large among the sea of destroyed buildings in the northern city, once the de facto Syrian capital of IS’s ill-fated “caliphate”.

Former IS prison sees football revival in Syria’s Raqa

In the northern Syrian city of Raqa, former bastion of the jihadist Islamic State group, a stadium that had been used as a prison by the IS group is restored to its former purpose, hosting a football game between home team al-Rachid and the Al-Sad team from the nearby town of Tabqa.

Syrian Santas and artists bring Christmas spirit to Raqa

Syrians dressed as Santa Claus parade through the ruins of Islamic State group’s former bastion Raqa, leading a crowd to a Christmas mass in a church destroyed by fighting. “We are saying, ‘no to war, yes to life,'” says Farhad Khalil, one of a group of artists who have gathered with their easels to bring some colour back to the dilapidated city.