Thousands of Yazidi girls and women are still held by the Islamic State
With professional forces slow to come to their aid, young women held by IS rely on smugglers and death-defying luck to break free.
Kurdish women line up to take on the Islamic State
Kurdish women join the PKK in droves to fight the Islamic State, which has captured and enslaved up to hundreds of Yazidi women.
Kurdish group fighting Islamic State tells America: Stop calling us terrorists
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has become a de facto ally of the US in its fight against IS. Now it wants to be taken off the State Department's terror list.
Iraq Kurd chief visits Mt. Sinjar after siege broken
'We did not expect to achieve all these victories,' said Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani.
WHO says 1 million people have been wounded in Syria's civil war
A collapsed health system has meant that treatments for diseases and injuries are irregular, the organization's Syria representative said.
Kurdish forces claim victory over Islamic State on Iraq's Mount Sinjar
'The siege on the mountain has been lifted,' a Kurdish official told reporters.
This video shows what the Syrian refugee crisis would look like in Manhattan
If 1.5 million people had to flee the Big Apple, the world would notice.
Monitoring group says Syrian rebel 'hell cannons' killed 311 civilians
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said more than 700 people had also been wounded between July and December this year.
UN Syria envoy pitches Aleppo truce plan to rebels in Turkey
Staffan de Mistura said any plan needed to be part of a comprehensive scheme involving a full political transition away from President Bashar al-Assad's rule.
How Peter Kassig’s friends are choosing to remember him
His humanitarian work spoke for itself, but the impact he had on the people who knew him was immeasurable.
Peter Kassig's beheading another sign of savagery from messianic killers who won't cease until stopped
News Analysis: But sending US troops into direct combat roles in Syria would be a mistake.
IS claims beheading of US aid worker Kassig
The Islamic State released a video Sunday that also showed the gruesome simultaneous beheadings of at least 18 men described as Syrian military personnel.
Iraq forces break jihadist siege of main oil refinery
Iraqi forces broke the months-long siege by the Islamic State as America's top officer flew in to discuss the possibility of expanded war.
The faked ‘hero Syrian boy’ video was irresponsible and dangerous
Analysis: A filmmaker's experiment could do real damage.
Extremist group that killed hundreds in Egypt pledges allegiance to the Islamic State
The 'caliphate' is growing.
Golan Heights Druze sit precariously between Syria and Israel
As the Middle East ripples and swells with battle, the small religious minority is not a party to the fight.
This terrifying video appears to show a boy rescuing a young girl from sniper fire in Syria
But it's fake.
US-led airstrikes hit Al Qaeda-affiliate Nusra Front in Syria
Residents on Thursday said one of the airstrikes targeted a car used by Nusra commanders.
Mortar attack kills 11 children in Damascus, monitoring group says
The death toll was expected to rise because a number of those wounded were in critical condition, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Human Rights Watch says Islamic State tortured Kurdish child hostages
The abuse of more than 150 children, some held as long as six months, amounted to war crimes, the rights group said.
The Islamic State's slave market
This video appears to show IS fighters discussing the buying and selling of Yazidi women.
Syria’s moderate rebels now stand alone, fighting on three fronts
An unofficial non-aggression pact with Jabhat al-Nusra is on the verge of unraveling.
Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State
Syria condemned Turkey for allowing foreign fighters and 'terrorists' to enter Syria in a violation of its sovereignty.
UN warns Syrian refugee situation poses 'most dramatic humanitarian crisis'
More than three million Syrians have fled their country since the uprising that began in March 2011, with most taking shelter in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
IS militants behead four Sunni tribesmen in Syria, monitor says
The Shaitat tribe, one of Syria's largest, rebelled against IS after it declared an Islamic caliphate in swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq in the summer.
No direct combat for Iraqi Kurds in Kobani
Meanwhile, the Islamic State loses ground in Iraq.
The battle for Anbar could shape the future of Iraq. Here's why
The Islamic State has made gains in the province, and many fear Baghdad will be next.
US-led airstrikes have killed 521 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: monitor
Six of the civilians were children and five were women, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added.
5 reasons Turkey is dragging its feet in the fight against the Islamic State
Ankara's anti-Western rhetoric isn't new. Here's what is.
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.