France is trying to come to terms with the fact that two of the killers identified in a beheading video are not only French citizens but converts to Islam, showing the frightening reach of jihadi ideology.
ISIS militants released a graphic video of the beheading of American aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig and 18 Syrian prisoners this weekend. The footage was shocking, but also revealed faces and locations of the executioners in a move to incite the US and other Western countries.
All year long, the world has watched as ISIS rampaged across Syria and Iraq. Beyond the grotesque human cost, the group has attacked ancient landmarks where Western civilization began, earning both propaganda value and profit.
Inside Syria, almost six million children have been affected by the country's ongoing civil war, and millions more have fled the country to find safety in refugee camps. Turkey, for example, has opened its doors to about a million-and-a-half Syrian refugees since spring 2011. But as the war drags on, Turkey is finding itself with a long-term humanitarian and education problem.
On college campuses in Turkey, masked, stick-wielding students have clashed with leftist activists over banners criticizing ISIS and Turkey's seeming indifference to the fight that's raging in nearby Syria. Many say the conflicts are reminiscent of the country's violent past.
Photographer Rania Matar went back to her hometown of Beirut to work on a project about teenagers. Then, on every corner, she stumbled into young Syrian refugees. They became subjects of her new series called "Invisible Children."
The US State Department has resumed non-lethal aid to the more moderate rebel groups in Syria. Along with food, medical supplies and communications equipment, the aid includes 43 Toyota pickup trucks. The BBC's Afghanistan correspondent David Loyn explains the value of pick-up trucks in war zones.
A photo of three pioneering women doctors has been circulating in social media -- but they're not wearing white lab coats. They're wearing culturally significant dress and they represent the first women doctors from their countries, back in the 1800s.
After a violent crackdown against Arab Spring protesters in Syria, the government is using its hospitals to find and isolate dissidents. To get the treatment they need, they're having to go to independent, underground, make-shift hospitals.
About 30 million Kurds are scattered across Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran. Amidst Syria's civil war, Kurds have their own war going on, to create a secular, autonomous Kurdish state. The Kurdish militia includes women and it is fighting off al-Qaeda-backed rebels, as well as Syrian government forces.
James Foley's kidnapping and murder is a sad trend in the war in Syria, but it's paying off for terrorist groups. They've collected millions of dollars in ransoms, and journalist David Rohde, who spent seven months in Taliban captivity, says current kidnapping policies aren't keeping journalists safe.
An Islamic extremist group fighting in Syria, known as ISIS, is demanding that non-Muslims in areas they control convert to Islam or pay a "tax" for protection. Syrian Christian pastor Nadim Nassar, living in exile in London, says Syria's Christians are caught "between two fires" — Assad's dictatorship and a fragmented rebellion.
When British artist Banksy does something, people take notice. The unidentified and mysterious graffiti artist has posted a film online that spoofs Syrian rebels and shows them accidentally killing Dumbo the Elephant. The video's gone viral and has generated a lot of reaction in the Twittersphere.
The Lebanese border town of Arsal has borne the brunt of the Syrian civil war with thousands of refugees and occasional cross-border strikes. But a major battle between Islamist rebels — including ISIS — and the Lebanese army last week was a major new development.
President Obama has sent a team of high-level national security officials to the Middle East. He's trying to revive an Arab-Israeli peace process that has yet to get off the ground. The World's Matthew Bell reports.
Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad disappointed those hoping for reform in his address today to the nation. The BBC's Lina Sinjab reports from Damascus that demonstrations continue despite warnings of a new crackdown.
The World's Jeb Sharp looks at options available to the Obama Administration to pressure Syrian President Bashar al Assad to stop his violent crackdown against protestors and implement political reforms.