Iraq forces break jihadist siege of main oil refinery
Iraqi forces broke the months-long siege by the Islamic State as America's top officer flew in to discuss the possibility of expanded war.
The faked ‘hero Syrian boy’ video was irresponsible and dangerous
Analysis: A filmmaker's experiment could do real damage.
Extremist group that killed hundreds in Egypt pledges allegiance to the Islamic State
The 'caliphate' is growing.
Golan Heights Druze sit precariously between Syria and Israel
As the Middle East ripples and swells with battle, the small religious minority is not a party to the fight.
This terrifying video appears to show a boy rescuing a young girl from sniper fire in Syria
But it's fake.
US-led airstrikes hit Al Qaeda-affiliate Nusra Front in Syria
Residents on Thursday said one of the airstrikes targeted a car used by Nusra commanders.
Mortar attack kills 11 children in Damascus, monitoring group says
The death toll was expected to rise because a number of those wounded were in critical condition, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Human Rights Watch says Islamic State tortured Kurdish child hostages
The abuse of more than 150 children, some held as long as six months, amounted to war crimes, the rights group said.
The Islamic State's slave market
This video appears to show IS fighters discussing the buying and selling of Yazidi women.
Syria’s moderate rebels now stand alone, fighting on three fronts
An unofficial non-aggression pact with Jabhat al-Nusra is on the verge of unraveling.
Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State
Syria condemned Turkey for allowing foreign fighters and 'terrorists' to enter Syria in a violation of its sovereignty.
UN warns Syrian refugee situation poses 'most dramatic humanitarian crisis'
More than three million Syrians have fled their country since the uprising that began in March 2011, with most taking shelter in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.
IS militants behead four Sunni tribesmen in Syria, monitor says
The Shaitat tribe, one of Syria's largest, rebelled against IS after it declared an Islamic caliphate in swathes of Syria and neighboring Iraq in the summer.
No direct combat for Iraqi Kurds in Kobani
Meanwhile, the Islamic State loses ground in Iraq.
The battle for Anbar could shape the future of Iraq. Here's why
The Islamic State has made gains in the province, and many fear Baghdad will be next.
US-led airstrikes have killed 521 fighters, 32 civilians in Syria: monitor
Six of the civilians were children and five were women, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added.
5 reasons Turkey is dragging its feet in the fight against the Islamic State
Ankara's anti-Western rhetoric isn't new. Here's what is.
The US is just one of 23 countries battling the Islamic State
But it's the only Western nation that's bombing inside Syria.
This is the simple but effective Islamic State strategy to win hearts and minds
Village by village, the extremist group has manipulated Arabs, Yazidis and Christians alike with a campaign of kindness one day, terror the next.
Fiercest fighting in days hits Syrian border town
Islamic State militants attacked Kurdish fighters with mortars and car bombs.
US-led coalition jets strike Kobani, Islamic State shells hit Turkey
Islamic State militants have battled Kurdish fighters for a month to take control of Kobani.
Islamic State militants are reportedly training pilots to fly captured fighter jets
It was not clear whether the jets were equipped with weaponry or whether the pilots could fly longer distances in the planes.
Think the Islamic State is bad? Check out the 'good guys'
US-backed Iraqi forces and their band of ruthless Shia militia groups have been carrying out atrocities of their own against Sunni civilians.
Obama’s anti-IS strategy challenged by military and intelligence leaders
Commentary: Better to commit troops now to help ensure victory than continue a half-hearted, low-cost gamble.
Airstrikes help Kurds push back IS in Kobani, but it may be too late
Kurdish fighters won a symbolic victory in the Syrian Kurdish town with the recapture of a strategic hill.
Kobani latest: Islamic State fights way into center of Syria border town
Local politician: "If they manage to take control of that area, they will close all access to the town and will begin a massacre."
UK to Assad: After we deal with the Islamic State, you're next!
GlobalPost interviews British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond on the strategy for defeating IS and the Assad regime.
Concerned Obama's war against the Islamic State is a clusterf*ck? Here's how Britain sees it
Exclusive: British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond explains the grand strategy for Syria and Iraq.
Kurds hold off Islamic State in Kobani; fighters strike in Iraq
The top US military officer suggested that Washington may increase its role 'advising and assisting' Iraqi troops on the ground in future.
Kurds battle for heart of Kobani as UN fears for civilians
The pre-dawn attack came after the IS militants overran the Kurdish headquarters in the border town on Friday.
If Kobani falls, will Obama's Syria strategy collapse too?
If the Islamic State seizes full control of the city it would be able to boast that it has withstood American air power.