Syrian government behind new spate of barrel bomb attacks, says Human Rights Watch
Government forces have carried out hundreds of indiscriminate air attacks on civilian areas.
Islamic State in Syria abducts at least 90 from Christian villages: monitor
Military experts following Syria said IS was trying to open a new front after its string of losses since being driven from the Syrian town of Kobani.
Syrians slowly return to Kobani after Kurds win back town from Islamic State
Almost the entire population of the town fled across the border to Turkey last year to escape Islamic State's advance.
Kobani residents in limbo as they wait to return to a destroyed city
The Islamic State was repelled from the city weeks ago, but residents have been unable to return home.
Come home, families beg Syria-bound UK schoolgirls
The three girls flew to Istanbul on a Turkish Airlines flight from London's Gatwick airport.
Joining the Islamic State is still remarkably easy
Analysis: Despite efforts by Turkish authorities to crack down on wannabe jihadists crossing into Syria, the number of foreign fighters continues to grow.
Obama says world needs to address the problems that fuel terrorism
In counterterrorism speech, the American president said extremism builds when millions are left impoverished.
Scores killed in battles in Syrian city of Aleppo, monitor says
The United Nations is seeking a ceasefire there, a step towards addressing the crisis in Syria which is about to enter its fifth year.
Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya after beheadings
Taking a page from Jordan, Egypt quickly retaliated for the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians.
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.