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Human Suffering Under Islamic State

IS fighters march in Raqqa, posted by a militant website on January 14, 2014, Raqqa, Syria

The radical Islamist group known as Islamic State (IS) currently controls vast areas of Syria and Iraq, from Aleppo in the west to Kirkuk in the east, with the exception of a few enclaves around Damascus and the Syrian-Lebanese border. Although large numbers of civilians fled those areas when IS moved in, around 7 million people still live under the group, according to the BBC. These include some 250,000 people in Raqqa, which IS declared its capital in August 2014.

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