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.
Syrian air strikes against Islamic State kill 31
17 of the 31 killed are reported to be civilians.
Video of beheading of US journalist Steven Sotloff is authentic, Obama says
The video released by the Islamic State Tuesday shows the killing of a second American journalist. The same group murdered James Foley last month.
Dozens of minority Iraqi women 'sold into marriage' by IS militants
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was aware that some 300 Yazidi women had been kidnapped and transported to Syria by the jihadists.
Iraqi forces reportedly break Islamic State's 2-month siege of Amerli
The advance of the Iraqi forces comes after the US military carried out air strikes overnight on IS militant positions near the town.
'If it wasn’t for the Kurdish fighters, we would have died up there'
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.
On Location Video: The Yazidis who survived the assault on Sinjar
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.
'Revenge attacks' in Iraq kill more than 20
The bombings follow a Shia attack on a village mosque in Diyala Province on Friday in which 68 people died.
The US considers going after the Islamic State in Syria
'We will do what's necessary to protect Americans and see that justice is done for what we saw with the barbaric killing of Jim Foley,' said White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.
Decoding Obama's 'relentless' quest for justice against the Islamic State
The president has promised to ‘see that justice is done’ for the brutal killing of journalist James Foley. But what does that actually mean?
US opens criminal probe into journalist James Foley's killing
Outraged US allies have pledged to help in the battle against the Islamic State, sending in weapons and other aid to Kurdish forces fighting the extremists in northern Iraq.
Aid airlift to northern Iraq has started, UN says
'This is a massive logistics operation ... to help the hundreds of thousands of desperate people who have fled suddenly with nothing but their lives,' UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said.
UN launches 'significant aid push' for half a million people fleeing violence in Iraq
'The fact that you see people fleeing via Syria to safety speaks very much to how desperate the situation is,' UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces have regained control of Mosul dam, Obama says
The latest northern Iraq offensive by Islamic State militants has rattled the Baghdad government and its Western allies.
Kurds retake Iraq's main dam from Islamic State
Bolstered by US airstrikes against the extremist forces, a Kurdish official says peshmerga fighters 'liberated' Mosul dam.
UK must use its 'military prowess' to help stop the Islamic State: prime minister
David Cameron used his toughest words yet on the crisis.
This 84-year-old woman crawled on her knees to safety to escape the Islamic State
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.
Islamic State kills dozens in northern Iraq 'massacre'
A senior official of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party put the death toll at 81.
US says 'far fewer' Yazidis are stranded on Iraq's Mount Sinjar than feared
For those who managed to escape the siege, the relief of reaching relative safety was tempered by the spartan conditions of refugee camps.
This map shows why it's so hard to get much-needed aid to 1 million people displaced in Iraq
With the Islamic State taking over large parts of the country, it's almost impossible for aid groups to reach all those in need.
How scared should Americans be of the Islamic State?
The United States is grappling with the risk level of the extremist militants retaliating as Obama inserts military might into Iraq.
Arming the Kurds could be a big mistake for the US. Here's why
The Kurdish peshmerga are battling the Islamic State and winning the world's affection. But step back for a minute. There's reason to be concerned.