For two years, Ismail al-Kanon and his mother, Jandar Nasi, were captives of ISIS. More than most living under the terror group’s rule, they had reason to expect that they would never escape — because they were Iraqi Christians. Here is the story of how they kept their faith, survived and escaped.
The Islamic State also reportedly shot dead 232 people in a single day on Wednesday, and killed another 24 the previous day, including civilians who apparently refused to comply with the relocation orders.
Canadian photojournalist Rita Leistner looks at Shia civilians volunteering for battle against ISIS fighters. "Half the time they're only wearing slip-on sandals as they head off to war," Leistner says.
The situation in Iraq is complex, with sects and factions battling for territory and control. It can be hard to follow, and we've gotten a lot of questions from listeners about the reality on the ground. So we invited Los Angeles Times correspondent Nabih Bulos to take your questions in a live Q&A on our Facebook page.
One hundred years after the First World War, boundaries established after the armistice at the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh hour" still shape many of today's conflicts. From ISIS's invasion of Mosul to Boko Haram's kidnapping of schoolgirls, GlobalPost co-founder Charles Sennott journeys from Iraq to Nigeria to the Balkans to Northern Ireland and the Holy Land to see how WWI's history lives on, the lessons learned — and far too often not learned.
Iraq is in the middle of a drought. Now, the militant group ISIS has control over key dams and are using them in their bid to take over more land. Couple the insecurity with scarcer water due to climate change and you get a volatile mix that could spread unrest in the Middle East.
As ISIS takes over Mosul, Iraqi Christian refugees and immigrants in California are pushing for those still in Iraq to be granted safe passage to the US. Many Iraqi Christians who live in the US gather in a Southern California coffee shop to talk of the decaying state of their country.
Baghdad is an increasingly frightening place to raise a family, so many middle class parents have sent their children out of the country. As journalist Sahar Issa explains, the loneliness of the parents left behind is especially painful at Ramadan.