The Islamic State, which is taking over Iraq, is now forcing shopkeepers to veil their mannequins
It appears that in the group's interpretation of Sharia law, statues in human form are banned.
The Islamic State is kicking out Christians
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 wider struggle for Iraq is playing out in Baghdad's neighborhoods
'Frankly if your mother and father hadn't been with you, I would have killed you,' a Shia militia fighter told Ra'id a few weeks ago.
Pictures from Kirkuk, where daily life continues despite extremist threat
The Islamic State may be pushing up against the city from two sides, but Kirkuk's streets pulse with life — and diversity.
You've heard about ISIS. You haven't heard about these guys
Inside the Sunni coalition that says it won't stop till Baghdad falls.
Will Afghanistan be the new Iraq?
Not likely, but don’t get too excited just yet.
Is Iraq's Maliki taking a page out of Assad's playbook?
His Iraqi critics say yes. They also say that's why the situation in Iraq has gotten so bad.
Kurdish teenager's 'honor killing' fades to memory as Iraq violence swells
As Iraq stands on the brink of a civil war, honor killing cases fade quietly into the background.
On Location Video: What it's like to be Christian in Iraq right now
The Christian minority in Iraq exceeded one million 10 years ago. Now it's less than 400,000 and facing new threats.
The bodies of 50 executed civilians turn up south of Baghdad
The victims were blindfolded and shot in the head and chest.
Is this the end for Christianity in Iraq?
With the recent gains of the Islamic State, the country's Christians have found themselves subject to an unprecedented level of harassment and danger.
Here's everything we know so far about the Islamic State's mysterious leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
There are still lots questions and few answers about the man calling himself 'Caliph Ibrahim.'
The Islamic State's new 'caliph' makes his debut
Video purported to show the elusive Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi speaking at Mosul's grand mosque was posted on social media.
The Kurdish moment is now
Many Kurds who have longed dreamt of independence are eager to vote. Others worry a referendum could further destabilize the region.
7 things you need to know about Ahmed Chalabi
At one point, he was persona non grata at the US Embassy in Iraq. Now, his name is being floated to be the next Iraqi prime minister.
Watch this English-speaking ISIL fighter explain how a 98-year-old colonial map created today's conflict
In 1916, two men from France and the UK drew borders in the Middle East. Therein lies the problem.
Living under ISIL isn't as good as it sounds
Initially, ISIL got a warm welcome in Mosul and elsewhere. But everyone braced for a backlash.
This is what the world's newest Islamic caliphate might look like
The terror group now controlling large parts of Iraq and Syria has declared borders.
What the hell is a caliphate?
This is so last century: ISIL, the terror group now controlling large parts of Iraq and Syria, has declared borders for a new caliphate.
It's time to buy a gun in Kirkuk (VIDEO)
Sales at the gun market are booming due to the Iraq crisis. But no Arabs are allowed.
ISIL declares Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria (LIVE BLOG)
The Iraqi government has appealed for international help and has accused Sunni neighbors, notably Saudi Arabia, of having fostered Islamist militancy in Syria and Iraq.
ISIL declares its caliphate as Iraq moves on Tikrit
Meanwhile, Baghdad accepts warplanes from Russia and Maliki concedes that a political solution is indeed necessary.
Armed US drones fly over Baghdad
Meanwhile, thousands of Iraqi soldiers advance on Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown.
Iraqi Christians are caught in the middle and hitting the road
The sectarian divide plaguing Iraq is mostly between Muslims, but the violence that has resulted spares no one.
Day 1,197: Syria is fueling both ISIL and its opposition
Because things are just that complicated.
ISIL loves terrorism and kitties
Prepare to be sucked into a weird hole in the internet, one of violence and war and also of cats.
How ISIL is gaming the world's journalists
These militants are good at the internet. A little too good.
The peshmerga and the Iraqi army just love to hate on each other
Problem is they're supposed to be on the same side.
Day 1,195: Syria still not 'chemical weapons-free'
That would have been too easy.
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.