Humans are not entirely cruel, violent and intolerant creatures. Here's the awesome video that proves it.
Torture. Cruelty. Religious strife. It's all in the human makeup. But, thank our stars, so's this.
Kerry says Syrian opposition has key role against ISIL (LIVE BLOG)
Kerry is visiting the Middle East to press regional leaders to tackle the threat from Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.
Iraq's government has lost control of all its Western border crossings
US Secretary of State John Kerry paid a visit to Iraq's prime minister to press for an inclusive government.
The 5 big winners in Iraq, land of opportunity
The ISIL isn't alone in making the most of a messy situation.
Sunni militants win 4 towns in western Iraq
Rutba, the fourth town to fall in two days in Anbar province, helps pave the way for militants to secure a route to Syria.
Iraq? Don't worry, John Kerry's on it
Kerry's headed to Iraq, but what he can do for the country is unclear.
Ahmed Chalabi pushed for the US invasion of Iraq. Will he be the country's next PM?
He certainly isn't wasting time on the campaign trail. GlobalPost's Susannah George caught up with Chalabi at Iraqi Kurdistan's largest displaced persons camp.
Day 1,190: Syrian army drops barrel bombs on women and children
The fact that using barrel bombs is punishable as a war crime does not appear to be deterring those under Assad.
If Erbil's so safe, why is everyone at the gas station?
A run on gas in Iraqi Kurdistan reflects the mood of unease as people prepare for the worst and the country teeters on the brink of civil war.
No one asked these Iraqis what they thought about US troops coming back
So we did.
Iraqi deserters say the army's epic collapse isn't their fault
And they want a do-over.
Day 1,187: The Syrian government decides it's time to get serious about ISIL
Maybe it was the part where they stole tanks from the Iraqi army and drove them back into Syria.
Iraqi forces, bolstered by new recruits, get ready to push back against ISIL (LIVE BLOG)
The US is prepared to send up to 300 military advisors, but will not be sending any troops into combat and is not planning air strikes currently.
Why some Iraqis would rather try their luck under ISIL
Refugees from Iraq's north are hearing good things from back home, where extremists have wrested control. There's water now. And no more checkpoints.
Iraq security forces are starting to get back on their feet
Iraq pressed a counter-offensive Sunday to repel militants who have seized all of one province and most of three more since they launched their offensive on Monday.
Iraq insurgent advance slows, US sends carrier to Gulf
And Iran held out the prospect of working with the US to help restore security in Iraq.
It’s Groundhog Day in Baghdad
Radical Islamists, sectarian violence, uncooperative governments. It’s looking like a repeat of some of the worst days. Will we get it right this time?
What the Iraq mess means for oil
Hint: It's not good.
The militant group taking over Iraq and Syria right now is seriously scary
Even Al Qaeda thinks ISIL is too extreme. Here's why.
Where ISIL, the jihadist group that is seizing Iraq, came from and what it wants
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has split with Al Qaeda and now controls territory in Syria and Iraq. Where did the group come from, and what does it want?
A comprehensive 54-step guide to how the US helped create the Islamic State
Terrorists are winning the war the US started.
Iraqi forces are so scared of ISIL fighters they're ripping off their uniforms and fleeing
The streets of Mosul are littered with security uniforms.
Obama says Iraq needs to solve its own problems, but the US will do its part (LIVE BLOG)
The Kurdish peshmerga took over Kirkuk, while Iraq's forces crumbled. President Obama said he wouldn't 'rule anything out' as an option to aid the Iraqi government, including air strikes.
Clashes in northern Iraq kill 59 as jihadists hold students hostage
The United Nations said on Friday that the conflict in Anbar is believed to have forced nearly 480,000 people from their homes.
These maps show where you can still go to jail for apostasy or blasphemy
Nearly a quarter of the globe has anti-blasphemy laws.
Attacks in Iraq claim 35 lives
An AFP tally puts the death toll so far this year at more than 4,000.
Thousands flee Iraqi government's assault on rebel-held Falluja
Falluja residents say the military is inflicting widespread damage, including using 'barrel bombs.'
It's official: 1 in 4 adults is anti-Semitic
A new survey measures prejudice toward Jews. There's a lot of it.
Iraq is among the countries where genocide is most likely to happen
These 9 countries are the world's most dangerous for minorities.
Iraqis vote in their first national election since US troops' withdrawal
Political analysts say no party is likely to win a majority in the 328-seat parliament.
Deadly attacks in Iraq are raising tensions on the eve of elections
More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence so far this year, according to an AFP tally, including more than 750 already this month.