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
Day 1,174: Election day in Syria, and further reason for Americans to be very worried
The presidential election is today. Meanwhile, more information — troubling information — is emerging about the American citizen who recently staged a suicide attack in the conflict.
Syrians vote in wartime election which is set to extend Assad's rule
'It's a tragic farce,' French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said. 'The Syrians in a zone controlled by the Syrian government have a choice of Bashar or Bashar.'
Day 1,173: What should Facebook do about the Syrian election?
Human-rights activists aren't pleased about Assad's campaign page, or the ads that have been running.
Day 1,170: Syria's government has killed nearly 2,000 in Aleppo in six months
The city where death falls from the sky, ending an average of 14 lives per day
Day 1,168: What it looks like when about half a million refugees want to vote
In advance of the Syrian presidential election next week, embassies in Lebanon and Jordan have opened early polling stations for the displaced.
Tens of thousands of Syrian expats vote in early polls
Refugees have told Reuters that they had been mobilized by pro-Assad Lebanese groups to vote and said the buses were paid for.
Day 1,167: What exactly happened with the UN's chemical weapons inspectors this morning?
The Syrian government announced they'd been kidnapped right before the OPCW announced they were fine.
Day 1,162: Russia smiles, vetoes investigation into Syrian war crimes
'I'm going to be boringly predictable,' Vitaly Churkin said before the Security Council vote.
Day 1,160: Syrian death toll jumps up — as does estimate of Americans in the conflict
Western intelligence services say they can't keep track of the returning jihadists anymore.