When ISIS invaded northern Iraq, they captured many Yazidi women, forced them to convert to Islam and traded them as sex slaves. The Yazidi community granted photographer Marcio Pimenta rare access to capture moving images of the reintegration process for freed women rejoining the group.
Three of every four terror attacks last year took place in Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia, Turkey, Nigeria, Yemen or Syria, according to the latest data from the Global Terrorism Database.
Staffan de Mistura ruled out any breakthrough at this week's negotiations to end a war that has claimed more than 320,000 lives and displaced more than half of Syria's population. But he pointed to a new ceasefire brokered with US and Russian help, covering three provinces in southern Syria, as one source of hope.
Nahida Ahmed Rashid began her military career years ago, fighting for the Kurdish separatist cause. Now she's the highest-ranking woman in the Kurdish peshmerga and squaring off with her troops against Islamic militants who've taken northern Iraq by storm.
We've all seen the pictures of the ISIS militants who have taken over a large part of northern and western Iraq in the last week. They usually have assault weapons and wear strings of ammo or are standing by mounted guns. Which got us wondering, who's their supplier?
The rebels in Syria have lost control of most of their foothold in Aleppo. Some say the defeat of the rebels there could be decisive. Others say the eventual fall of Aleppo is unlikely to end the war in Syria. But it does raise the possibility of movement in that direction. So how do wars end?
One day, Dean Parker was watching the news on TV. The next he was packing up body armor and preparing to fight with Kurdish forces against ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria. Now he's looking for a flight home — and knows he has some explaining to do to the FBI and Homeland Security.
The Arab world used to be home to hundreds of thousands of Jews who spoke their own variants of Arabic. Today, Judeo-Arabic survives only in exile. We hear stories of language and exodus from three Judeo-Arabic speakers now living in Montreal. Plus, novelist Louie Cronin on satirizing linguistics.
Iraqi authorities are going to great lengths to pull off a national vote for its parliament on Wednesday, the first since the US troop withdrawal in 2011. The hardest part is to create a sense of normalcy in a country suffering from unrelenting sectarian violence.
An oil tanker sitting 60 miles off the coast of Texas holds $100 million worth of crude oil. But for now, no one knows who's allowed to sell it, who the buyer is or even where the oil will eventually go.
Dance instructor Sean Scantlebury has only met his student on Skype: Sean is in New York, and his student, Aadel Qies, is in Baghdad. But that hasn't stopped them from holding dance classes and trying to keep Qies' passion for dance alive.