Brazil and Ecuador come out against airstrikes in Syria
The South American governments are calling the air campaign against Islamist militants a violation of Syria's sovereignty — even if Assad seems to be welcoming the help.
Watch: A very brave Syrian woman is said to have secretly filmed life under Islamic State rule
Welcome to Raqqa.
Wary of US-led bombings, Syrians in Egypt say Assad is the real threat
'The crimes of Bashar are worse than the crimes of the Islamic State. They’re more merciful than the regime.'
This is the appalling human rights record of the US coalition bombing Syria
The rap sheets for these countries include arbitrary detentions, torture and beheading. Sound familiar?
What the fall of Raqqa might mean for those threatened by IS rule
Could the US bombing in Syria be the start of the Islamic State's demise?
‘Please, please don’t kill him': British Muslims offer pleas for IS hostage
The Islamic State's most recent threat, to British taxi driver Alan Henning, has drawn deeply personal appeals.
8 reminders of how horrible Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been to his people
Despite all these examples of brutality, the US didn't intervene. So why is it stepping in now?
The United States and Arab allies have begun bombing Islamic State positions in Syria
The strikes reportedly hit Raqqa, the city in northern Syria that has become the militants' stronghold, and other targets.
45,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the last 24 hours
Islamic State fighters have seized dozens of villages close to the border, prompting the flight of thousands.
49 Turkish hostages held by the Islamic State are released
The 49 Turkish citizens were held hostage for more than 100 days by IS militants.
Nearly 50 people were killed in Syrian airstrikes on Homs, monitoring group says
The death toll from the bombardment on Talbiseh is expected to rise because dozens of people including children were in critical condition, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Will China help Obama fight the Islamic State?
Analysis: The terror group’s global reach tests Beijing’s longstanding vow not to interfere.
Islamic State claims beheading of British hostage David Haines
The Sunni extremist group reportedly said it executed the British aid worker and threatened to kill another British hostage in retaliation for UK's entering a coalition with the US against the militants.
What Obama said vs. what the Islamic State heard
President Barack Obama laid out a four-point plan to 'destroy' the Islamic State. The extremists are likely hearing he has zero points. Here's a closer look.
The US is now involved in 134 wars or none, depending on your definition of 'war'
The answer is probably more like 3 < X < 10.
Targeted strikes have worked in Somalia. But are they a lesson for Syria?
President Obama says US strategy against terrorism in Somalia offers a model for taking on the Islamic State.
US teen admits plotting to help Islamic State militants
A 19-year-old US woman was arrested before attempting to wed a jihadist fighting in Syria.
US government to its people: Stay away from these countries
In total, the State Department has travel warnings in place for 41 nations.
In a speech Wednesday, Obama will lay out plans for Islamic State offensive
The speech underscores the degree to which Islamic State has become an urgent issue for the United States.
Syrian air strikes against Islamic State kill 31
17 of the 31 killed are reported to be civilians.
'If it wasn’t for the Kurdish fighters, we would have died up there'
Yazidis who escaped the Sinjar mountains say the US airstrikes were all very well, but if it weren't for the Syrian Kurds, they wouldn't have made it.
Should the US team up with Assad against the Islamic State in Syria?
The pros and cons of an intervention that would likely benefit a president the US has sworn to bring down.
Here’s what James Foley meant to us
GlobalPost's editorial team pays tribute to our slain colleague and friend.
UN accuses Islamic State and Syrian government of committing war crimes
UN investigators reiterated their call for the UN Security Council to refer violations in Syria to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
On Location Video: The Yazidis who survived the assault on Sinjar
The Islamic State killed hundreds and kidnapped thousands when it overran the city in northern Iraq. This is the story of those who got away.
British homing in on Foley's killer
The Sunday Times said that intelligence services have identified the fighter suspected of killing journalist James Foley but have yet to divulge the suspect's name.
After 2 years, US hostage Theo Curtis freed in Syria
The news comes days after video surfaced of fellow American journalist and hostage James Foley being executed by the Islamic State.
The US considers going after the Islamic State in Syria
'We will do what's necessary to protect Americans and see that justice is done for what we saw with the barbaric killing of Jim Foley,' said White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes.
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?