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.
Hezbollah kills two Israeli soldiers in border attack
Militant group Hezbollah has claimed responsibility for an attack on an Israeli army convoy near the Israel-Lebanon border.
How the Islamic State was halted in Kobani
Analysis: The Islamic State controlled half of the Kurdish city a few months ago. Now they are on the run.
Kurdish forces finally drive Islamic State out of a key Syrian town
The fight for Kobani took four months. And it's probably not over yet.
Syria's president says US should ask permission to launch air strikes against Islamic State
President Bashar al-Assad said he's serious about fighting terrorism.
Abe remains defiant, says Japan will never give in to terrorism
With one hostage remaining with the Islamic State, Abe said Sunday that Japan is 'not wavering at all on this policy.'
Japan condemns apparent IS execution, demands release of remaining hostage
A video released Saturday allegedly showed a gaunt Kenji Goto in an orange T-shirt saying his colleague Haruna Yukawa had been executed.
IS threatens lives of 2 Japanese hostages in new video (LIVE BLOG)
The militant group says it will kill them unless it receives $200 million in ransom.
Israeli strike on Hezbollah in Syria raises tensions
The strike on the Golan Heights in Syria killed Jihad Mughniyah and eight other fighters, according to reports.
IS jihadists free 200 elderly Yazidis in north Iraq
'We already have names for 196 and there could be some more," said Khodr Domli, a leading Yazidi rights activist.
Meanwhile, in Syria: Another attempt to end the devastating war (LIVE BLOG)
Russia's trying to mediate talks between the opposition and the regime.
Beirut shows solidarity with Charlie Hebdo on historic day for France
Lebanon does not have to look far into its past for attacks on its own journalists.
Some Syrian refugees would rather face bombs at home than endure Lebanon's harsh winter anymore
A severe winter storm has piled misery on thousands of Syrian refugees living in tents and make-shift structures across Lebanon.
Did the Islamic State commit genocide? The Yazidis and Kurds say they did
The government of the autonomous Kurdistan region in Iraq has begun a campaign to have IS attacks against Yazidis classified as genocide.
It's 2015. Time for some new US operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
America's major wars are technically over, but there are still plenty of boots on the ground. Here's a look at the missions guiding US engagement this year.
Escaping war has become even more difficult for Syrian refugees (LIVE BLOG)
Lebanon is now requiring Syrian asylum seekers to apply for entry permits before entering the country.
Italy's second 'ghost ship' rescue prompts EU pledge on migrants
A cargo ship abandoned by its crew with 359 Syrian refugees on board was towed ashore in Italy on Saturday.
76,000 killed in Syria's deadliest year yet
2014 was the bloodiest year yet in the country's nearly four-year war, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
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.