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.
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?