The US is just one of 23 countries battling the Islamic State
But it's the only Western nation that's bombing inside Syria.
This is the simple but effective Islamic State strategy to win hearts and minds
Village by village, the extremist group has manipulated Arabs, Yazidis and Christians alike with a campaign of kindness one day, terror the next.
Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town
Islamic State militants attacked Kurdish fighters with mortars and car bombs.
US-led coalition jets strike Kobani, Islamic State shells hit Turkey
Islamic State militants have battled Kurdish fighters for a month to take control of Kobani.
Think the Islamic State is bad? Check out the 'good guys'
US-backed Iraqi forces and their band of ruthless Shia militia groups have been carrying out atrocities of their own against Sunni civilians.
Obama’s anti-IS strategy challenged by military and intelligence leaders
Commentary: Better to commit troops now to help ensure victory than continue a half-hearted, low-cost gamble.
The Islamic State does not discriminate when it comes to killing journalists
The extremist militants have shot dead two Iraqi journalists in three days.
Kobani latest: Islamic State fights way into center of Syria border town
Local politician: "If they manage to take control of that area, they will close all access to the town and will begin a massacre."
UK to Assad: After we deal with the Islamic State, you're next!
GlobalPost interviews British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on the strategy for defeating IS and the Assad regime.
Concerned Obama's war against the Islamic State is a clusterf*ck? Here's how Britain sees it
Exclusive: British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond explains the grand strategy for Syria and Iraq.
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.