In a speech Wednesday, Obama will lay out plans for Islamic State offensive
The speech underscores the degree to which Islamic State has become an urgent issue for the United States.
Syrian air strikes against Islamic State kill 31
17 of the 31 killed are reported to be civilians.
'If it wasn’t for the Kurdish fighters, we would have died up there'
Yazidis who escaped the Sinjar mountains say the US airstrikes were all very well, but if it weren't for the Syrian Kurds, they wouldn't have made it.
Should the US team up with Assad against the Islamic State in Syria?
The pros and cons of an intervention that would likely benefit a president the US has sworn to bring down.
Here’s what James Foley meant to us
GlobalPost's editorial team pays tribute to our slain colleague and friend.
UN accuses Islamic State and Syrian government of committing war crimes
UN investigators reiterated their call for the UN Security Council to refer violations in Syria to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
On Location Video: The Yazidis who survived the assault on Sinjar
The Islamic State killed hundreds and kidnapped thousands when it overran the city in northern Iraq. This is the story of those who got away.
British homing in on Foley's killer
The Sunday Times said that intelligence services have identified the fighter suspected of killing journalist James Foley but have yet to divulge the suspect's name.
After 2 years, US hostage Theo Curtis freed in Syria
The news comes days after video surfaced of fellow American journalist and hostage James Foley being executed by the Islamic State.
The US considers going after the Islamic State in Syria
'We will do what's necessary to protect Americans and see that justice is done for what we saw with the barbaric killing of Jim Foley,' said White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.
Media backgrounder: The investigation into James Foley’s kidnapping
A timeline of key moments during the 21-month investigation.
Full text of the last email the Islamic State sent to the Foley family
The last time James Foley's parents heard from their son's captors was on Aug. 12. They received this message.
Decoding Obama's 'relentless' quest for justice against the Islamic State
The president has promised to ‘see that justice is done’ for the brutal killing of journalist James Foley. But what does that actually mean?
Statement by the family of James Foley on his reported killing
'We have never been prouder of our son and brother Jim.'
Foley beheading video followed prior threat
The American intelligence community says the video is authentic.
Islamic State militants seize more territory in Syria
The advance in northeast Aleppo province is part of a wider Islamic State offensive to seize a belt of territory near the border with Turkey.
How scared should Americans be of the Islamic State?
The United States is grappling with the risk level of the extremist militants retaliating as Obama inserts military might into Iraq.
60 Seconds on Earth: What it's like to be displaced by the Islamic State (VIDEO)
'We left our money, our house, everything behind and ran.'
True or false? 15 rumors about the Islamic State, fact-checked
Can you tell which are real and which are fake? Lots of news organizations couldn't.
Day 1,228: There are awful images coming out of Syria right now
Severed heads on pikes, to start with
Day 1,126: A portrait of Syrian exhaustion
Yet another person is pulled from rubble.
Day 1,225: Norway braces for a possible Syria-linked terror attack
Police Thursday issued an unusual public announcement, saying an attack could come within days.
How MH17 affects the calculus on aiding Syria’s rebels
Now here’s a scary news mash-up: What if Putin were Obama and separatists in Ukraine were US-backed rebels in Syria? With the downed Malaysia airliner, we may have just caught a glimpse of a worst-case scenario.
Day 1,224: The Islamic State is running bus tours
Because that sounds like fun.
Day 1,216: The UN belatedly locates its gonads, will now dare to deliver blankets without permission
Yesterday, the Security Council voted unanimously to authorize aid deliveries in Syria whether or not they get the approval of the Syrian government.
These Turkish border towns are now aid industries focused on Syria
The view from Reyhanli.
Day 1,215: The choice is between a mass-murdering dictator and mutilation-happy jihadists
It's becoming clearer and clearer that these are the key players with which the country is left.
Day 1,212: Syria needs more than a UN special envoy
But a third envoy is what it'll get.
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.
Day 1,211: Singapore and Turkey are worried about Syria, too
Meanwhile, Hezbollah rakes in the cash from marijuana sales.
Day 1,210: Women who like jihadists, and other news from Syria
There's a new National Council leader. Also, rebels shot up a village for no apparent reason.