“The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of IS fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city.” Raqqa’s Dirty Secret.

+ After six years of war, much of Syria has been reduced to rubble. Here’s a view from a perspective we rarely think of when reading these stories: Photos of Syria’s Students: Going to School in a War Zone.