Kerry says US will have to negotiate with Syria's Assad
The rise of a common enemy, hardline militant group Islamic State, appears to have slightly softened the West's stance towards the Syrian leader.
A Syrian architect waits to return and rebuild her country
Bayan Ali stayed and protested for as long as she could. Now, she is preparing to rebuild her country when the war ends.
Syria's beleaguered opposition-in-exile is about to collapse
The internationally recognized opposition has been plagued by infighting, incompetency and accusations of corruption since its inception.
9 Syrian artists telling the stories of a country torn apart by war
'Art can't save the country, but it can rebuild the places,' said Tammam Azzam.
What four years of conflict have done to Syria — in one infographic
Approximately 6 percent of the country's population has been killed or injured during the past four years.
Only 3 percent of the lights are still on in Aleppo, Syria
Eighty-three percent of all the lights in Syria have gone out since the start of the conflict four years ago. In hard-hit Aleppo, it's 97 percent dark.
Meet the Syrian sheikh battling Islamic State ideology one mind at a time
'When the funding came from the sheikhs, people grew beards. When the funding came from the international community, people started to shave and wear suits.'
Before 'Jihadi John,' Mohammed Emwazi was 'extremely gentle, soft-spoken'
After the naming of Islamic State's masked henchman, his alleged extreme violence gives an urgent note to the efforts to understand who he is and where he came from.
For richer, for poorer: Jihadi John is a reminder that extremism comes in all shapes and sizes
Analysis: The White House's focus on poverty as the main cause of extremism may not tell the whole story.
US charges 3 with conspiring to support Islamic State, planning attacks
All three men live in Brooklyn in New York City.
Syrian government behind new spate of barrel bomb attacks, says Human Rights Watch
Government forces have carried out hundreds of indiscriminate air attacks on civilian areas.
Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 90 from Christian villages: monitor
Military experts following Syria said IS was trying to open a new front after its string of losses since being driven from the Syrian town of Kobani.
Syrians slowly return to Kobani after Kurds win back town from Islamic State
Almost the entire population of the town fled across the border to Turkey last year to escape Islamic State's advance.
Kobani residents in limbo as they wait to return to a destroyed city
The Islamic State was repelled from the city weeks ago, but residents have been unable to return home.
Come home, families beg Syria-bound UK schoolgirls
The three girls flew to Istanbul on a Turkish Airlines flight from London's Gatwick airport.
Joining the Islamic State is still remarkably easy
Analysis: Despite efforts by Turkish authorities to crack down on wannabe jihadists crossing into Syria, the number of foreign fighters continues to grow.
Obama says world needs to address the problems that fuel terrorism
In counterterrorism speech, the American president said extremism builds when millions are left impoverished.
Scores killed in battles in Syrian city of Aleppo, monitor says
The United Nations is seeking a ceasefire there, a step towards addressing the crisis in Syria which is about to enter its fifth year.
Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya after beheadings
Taking a page from Jordan, Egypt quickly retaliated for the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians.
Assad denies using barrel bombs, just as barrel bombs fall on Aleppo
The Syrian president has denied that his forces use the indiscriminate explosives, but there's a wealth of evidence demonstrating their use.
Parents of US hostage appeal to Islamic State captors
The parents of an American hostage who the Islamic State group claimed had been killed in a US-led coalition air strike have said they are "hopeful" she is still alive.
Islamic State claims female American hostage killed in Jordanian airstrike (LIVE BLOG)
The SITE Intelligence group, which tracks extremist activity, says IS sent a tweet claiming the woman was killed in the besieged Syrian city of Raqqa.
After a series of defeats, the Islamic State resorts to shock tactics
Analysis: As the group loses ground in Syria in Iraq, it is forced to resort to increasingly theatrical brutality to burnish an image of strength.
Jordan hangs two Iraqi militants as revenge against the Islamic State
The executions were a response to the killing of an imprisoned Jordanian fighter pilot.
Every Islamic State execution is a public spectacle. But you'll never see most of them
Analysis: For every high-profile hostage who has been murdered by IS in front of an HD camera, hundreds of other victims in Syria and Iraq have been executed, too.
WFP 'extremely concerned' by pictures of IS logos on its Syria food parcels
The United Nations World Food Program said that in September Islamic State raided Red Crescent warehouses where food rations may have been stored.
'Honey trap' hackers stole Syria rebel plans: security firm
A report produced by US cybersecurity firm FireEye describes how hackers targeted Syrian opposition members with online "honey traps," posing as female supporters to steal battle plans and the identity of defectors.
The Islamic State beheadings are firing up Japan’s hawks
Despite a pacifist constitution, Prime Minister Abe is demanding a more aggressive response to the terrorists, and a stronger Japan.
Pilot held by Islamic State puts Jordan's king in a tough spot
King Abdullah has defended the US-led campaign against the hardline group in Syria, saying moderate Muslims must take a stand.
Japan condemns 'despicable' IS hostage beheading claim
Prime Minister Abe, on the verge of tears, pledged not to back down and said he would increase humanitarian aid to the Middle East.
Here's what's left of Kobani, the Syrian border town wrecked by the Islamic State (PHOTOS)
The Syrian town has paid a high price for liberation from the Islamic State.