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.
The bodies of 50 executed civilians turn up south of Baghdad
The victims were blindfolded and shot in the head and chest.
Day 1,209: Eric Holder calls on European governments to keep Westerners out of Syria
At a speech to Norwegian diplomats, the US attorney general speaks on the theme of the month.
Here's everything we know so far about the Islamic State's mysterious leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
There are still lots questions and few answers about the man calling himself 'Caliph Ibrahim.'
Day 1,208: ISIL kicks out thousands of Syrians, while courting others with oil
Day 1,204: ISIL seizes Syria's largest oil field
In other news, please do not date ISIL fighters, ladies.
Day 1,203: Syria's chemical weapons are destroyed. That's the only good news
We need a new word for 'hotbed,' as in 'hotbed of terrorism.' Syria's taking it to unprecedented levels.
Here are the world's 10 biggest refugee groups compared to populations of US cities
There are almost as many refugees from Afghanistan as people in Denver, Colorado.
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.
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.