Few doubt that the US-backed alliance will beat the Islamic State out of the Iraqi city of Mosul. But solving that problem is expected to unleash new struggles in Iraq and beyond. Here are some of the biggest challenges ahead.
Donald Trump has repeatedly said that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are the co-founders of ISIS. He later tweeted he was just being sarcastic. But where did ISIS come from and what role, if any, did the US play in its rise?
Christine and Peter Brierley cannot forget the Iraq War, or forgive Tony Blair. The former prime minister lead a war charge that ended up killing their son, Shaun, a lance corporal who died serving in the war in 2003.
A new survey asked for opinions about how women should dress in public in the Middle East. The choices included images of women wearing different kinds of head coverings. The results and approach have been widely criticized. So Lebanese satirist Karl Sharro decided to do his own "survey" on what American women should wear.
The late Robin Williams made many of us laugh just when we needed it most. His gift was perhaps never more poignant and important as when he performed for US troops fighting overseas. The comedian devoted many hours to entertaining with the USO.
With the death of Peter O'Toole, everyone is talking about one of his great roles, as Lawrence of Arabia — the British intelligence officer who lead an Arab revolt in World War I. So that led producer Christopher Woolf to examine just how much of the film is actually based on history.
Among the many disturbing aspects of the execution of journalist James Foley is the fact that it was part of a deliberate PR campaign. Groups like ISIS rely on hundreds of tech-savvy foreign fighters from the West to disseminate their radical vision — often with success.
ISIS moves may not make much practical military or political sense, but that violent illogic may be part of the group's appeal to recruits. And despite their errors, they don't appear to be on the verge of defeat any time soon.
Paulien Bakker has been reporting from Iraq since 2008. For her, it’s the real stories of Iraqis that count. Stories about people like Khduer Hawakeen who weighed 538 pounds and after watching the American TV show “The Biggest Loser” became determined to lose weight.