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Sunni dissenters blame Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for the fall of northern Iraq to the jihadists. But some also say the US shares the blame.
Sunni militants aren't putting themselves in good historical company with this latest move, which includes marking Christian homes, expelling their owners, and taking everything they own.
The Islamic State may be pushing up against the city from two sides, but Kirkuk's streets pulse with life — and diversity.
Inside the Sunni coalition that says it won't stop till Baghdad falls.
As Iraq stands on the brink of a civil war, honor killing cases fade quietly into the background.
The Christian minority in Iraq exceeded one million 10 years ago. Now it's less than 400,000 and facing new threats.
With the recent gains of the Islamic State, the country's Christians have found themselves subject to an unprecedented level of harassment and danger.
Many Kurds who have longed dreamt of independence are eager to vote. Others worry a referendum could further destabilize the region.
Initially, ISIL got a warm welcome in Mosul and elsewhere. But everyone braced for a backlash.
On the anniversary of the Gezi Park protests, Turkey's youth are still determined to fight corruption through demonstrations, publishing and politics.
Whether you're a plastic surgery tourist or an archaeology buff, this country has what you want.
Hopelessness creeps in amid a range of peril including bombing, gunfire, arrest, torture, execution, military conscription and a growing national economic crisis.
A dispatch from the town directly across the border from the one the Syrian government just captured.
A look inside the bizarre world of the country's censorship policies.
A window into the reality that many Syrians live with on a daily basis.
Or: How to spend ten months trying to form a government.
The week before photos of Lebanese Olympian Jackie Chamoun caused a global uproar, a woman in Beirut was beaten to death with a pressure cooker.
Their attitude is inspiring, which isn't to say you'll agree with their politics.
In 2012, seven people in the United States died in terrorist attacks: roughly 1 in 45 million. Imagine living somewhere where that rate is over 11,000 times higher — per month.
If you're as used to the blasts as some people in Beirut, you just keep on pouring.