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.
Day 1,197: Syria is fueling both ISIL and its opposition
Because things are just that complicated.
ISIL loves terrorism and kitties
Prepare to be sucked into a weird hole in the internet, one of violence and war and also of cats.
How ISIL is gaming the world's journalists
These militants are good at the internet. A little too good.
Day 1,195: Syria still not 'chemical weapons-free'
That would have been too easy.
In Israel and Palestine, the kids are not alright
Over the last two weeks, three Palestinian boys and one Israeli teen were violently killed, and three Israeli teens vanished.
Humans are not entirely cruel, violent and intolerant creatures. Here's the awesome video that proves it.
Torture. Cruelty. Religious strife. It's all in the human makeup. But, thank our stars, so's this.
Day 1,194: So many Westerners fighting in Syria
It's just impossible to keep track of them all.
An Israeli teen was killed by fire from inside Syria
The 15-year-old son of a defense contractor was the first Israeli to be killed on the border since the civil war began.
Day 1,190: Syrian army drops barrel bombs on women and children
The fact that using barrel bombs is punishable as a war crime does not appear to be deterring those under Assad.
Day 1,188: Syrian planes striking ISIL inside Iraq as US deploys
This is getting messy.
Day 1,187: The Syrian government decides it's time to get serious about ISIL
Maybe it was the part where they stole tanks from the Iraqi army and drove them back into Syria.
This Syrian bride wants the decapitated heads of 15 pro-Assad soldiers as her dowry
Like Bridezilla, but not in that fun, reality-show way.
Day 1,183: In Syria and Iraq, all eyes turn to the Kurds
Can they stop ISIS?
The militant group taking over Iraq and Syria right now is seriously scary
Even Al Qaeda thinks ISIL is too extreme. Here's why.
A comprehensive 54-step guide to how the US created the Islamic State
Follow along as terrorists wins the war the US started.
Day 1,181: Today, further proof that Iraq and Syria are one battlefield
When ISIL attacked Mosul today, fighters took US equipment and immediately brought it back over the border to use in the fight in Syria.
Day 1,180: In fit of post-election euphoria, Assad says he'll release lots of prisoners
How many will actually be freed is unclear.
Is Lebanon's new policy about to punish Syrian refugees?
Human rights activists worry that it may.
Day 1,177: 2 excellent pieces about the current state of the Syrian conflict
Worth a read
Day 1,176: 177 people died in Syria yesterday while Assad supporters were celebrating