Kurds hold off Islamic State in Kobani; fighters strike in Iraq
The top US military officer suggested that Washington may increase its role 'advising and assisting' Iraqi troops on the ground in future.
Kurds battle for heart of Kobani as UN fears for civilians
The pre-dawn attack came after the IS militants overran the Kurdish headquarters in the border town on Friday.
If Kobani falls, will Obama's Syria strategy collapse too?
If the Islamic State seizes full control of the city it would be able to boast that it has withstood American air power.
Kurds battle IS for key Syria town as fire spills over border
A Syrian Kurdish official said IS fighters were less than a mile from Kobane and air strikes alone won't stop them.
Parents of American held by Islamic State appeal for his release
Peter Kassig, 26, was threatened in a video issued Friday by Islamic State militants.
Islamic State pounds key Syrian town after slaying Briton
Kurdish fighters backed by US-led air strikes held back jihadists attacking a Syrian border town Saturday.
Horror in Britain over IS hostage beheading
Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes to the 47-year-old taxi driver who went to the region as a volunteer to deliver aid.
Islamic State says it has executed British hostage Alan Henning
In the 1-minute video, the Islamic State also revealed another hostage: American Peter Kassig.
Some of Islamic State’s worst crimes are against women, UN report says
On the militant group’s long list of human rights abuses and potential war crimes, its treatment of women is stark in its cruelty.
Islamic State's violent acts may amount to 'crimes against humanity': UN
Islamic State militants pushed on with its assault on a Syrian border town on Thursday despite coalition airstrikes meant to weaken them.
Iraq violence killed at least 1,119 people last month: UN
The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said it was unable to account for those who died of causes related to the violence, including the displaced who have perished from lack of access to water, food or medication.
Britain carries out first airstrikes against IS in Iraq
The strikes signal the start of Britain's latest military engagement in Iraq after it pulled out all its troops in 2011 following an eight-year conflict.
How the Islamic State is using grain to tighten its grip in Iraq
The United Nations estimates land under IS control accounts for as much as 40 percent of Iraq’s annual production of wheat, one of the country’s most important food staples.
On Location Video: The Yazidi men and boys who survived an Islamic State execution
In village after village last month in Iraq, the Islamic State killed scores of Yazidi men. A few lived to tell about it.
Why the French are backing the US in Iraq this time
A decade after the US invasion of Iraq, France was the first ally to join the bombing campaign against IS.
Captured by the Islamic State, these two teenagers went through hell. Then they ran
Sara and Leila both survived the mass capture of Yazidi women and children in Iraq last month. These are their stories.
US-led air strikes hit oil refineries in IS territory
The coalition raids destroyed three makeshift oil refineries in Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria.
Islamic State defies air strikes, shells Syrian Kurdish town
US said air strikes destroyed an IS building and two armed vehicles near the border town of Kobani.
What the fall of Raqqa might mean for those threatened by IS rule
Could the US bombing in Syria be the start of the Islamic State's demise?
‘Please, please don’t kill him': British Muslims offer pleas for IS hostage
The Islamic State's most recent threat, to British taxi driver Alan Henning, has drawn deeply personal appeals.
45,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the last 24 hours
Islamic State fighters have seized dozens of villages close to the border, prompting the flight of thousands.
49 Turkish hostages held by the Islamic State are released
The 49 Turkish citizens were held hostage for more than 100 days by IS militants.
France launches first airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq
The target in northeast Iraq was totally destroyed, adding that there would be further operations 'in the coming days,' French President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement.
Will China help Obama fight the Islamic State?
Analysis: The terror group’s global reach tests Beijing’s longstanding vow not to interfere.
US could send advisers into combat against Islamic State: Dempsey
Nearly 300 US military advisers are currently working with Iraqi government forces in their fight against the extremist group.
US banks on strong Iraq coalition, but allies are hesitant
The United States says it is "comfortable" it can forge an alliance, but will it end up finding itself out on a limb?
What Obama said vs. what the Islamic State heard
President Barack Obama laid out a four-point plan to 'destroy' the Islamic State. The extremists are likely hearing he has zero points. Here's a closer look.
The US is now involved in 134 wars or none, depending on your definition of 'war'
The answer is probably more like 3 < X < 10.
US government to its people: Stay away from these countries
In total, the State Department has travel warnings in place for 41 nations.
In a speech Wednesday, Obama will lay out plans for Islamic State offensive
The speech underscores the degree to which Islamic State has become an urgent issue for the United States.
US strikes Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland for the first time
US military forces attacked Islamic State militants near the Haditha Dam.