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Village by village, the extremist group has manipulated Arabs, Yazidis and Christians alike with a campaign of kindness one day, terror the next.
US-backed Iraqi forces and their band of ruthless Shia militia groups have been carrying out atrocities of their own against Sunni civilians.
In village after village last month in Iraq, the Islamic State killed scores of Yazidi men. A few lived to tell about it.
Sara and Leila both survived the mass capture of Yazidi women and children in Iraq last month. These are their stories.
Could the US bombing in Syria be the start of the Islamic State's demise?
Even Iran is on the ground in Iraq now, fighting on the same side as the United States.
Yazidis who escaped the Sinjar mountains say the US airstrikes were all very well, but if it weren't for the Syrian Kurds, they wouldn't have made it.
The Islamic State killed hundreds and kidnapped thousands when it overran the city in northern Iraq. This is the story of those who got away.
When IS first made inroads in Iraq, it didn't enforce its most stringent policies. Now, the group is blowing up sacred shrines, and Sunni residents are re-evaluating their prior support of the extremists.
Extremist militants in Iraq demanded that this elderly Yazidi woman convert to Islam or die. She said she'd rather die. Here's her amazing story of survival.
As President Obama declares mission accomplished on Mount Sinjar, those gathered in Erbil feel forgotten.
IS militants have kidnapped nearly every member of Assad Haig's family. He'll risk his life to get them back.
Yazidis, Shabaks, and Christians have all had to rush to Erbil, as IS advances. Their cultures may not survive in this country.
'We left our money, our house, everything behind and ran.'
Can you tell which are real and which are fake? Lots of news organizations couldn't.
The Yazidis in northern Iraq are used to being persecuted, but this attack was bad. The Islamic State captured Sinjar, forcing thousands from their homes.
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.