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.
Military mental health experts are finding, and naming, a new type of psychological damage that soldiers face from traumatic violence during war.They call it "moral injury" and one treatment is to re-live it.
President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to authorize a three-year war on the so-called Islamic State. But expanding the battle to defeat ISIS won't do much good if the rise of the militants is a symptom, not the root, of Middle East instability.
Imagine the foes of fracking and you'd probably put Greenpeace at the top of the list. But add Vladimir Putin too — someone who rarely sees eye-to-eye with the environmentalists. But he has his own reasons, not tied to saving the Earth. Meanwhile, there's tension over US military actions in Iraq. Those stories and more in today's Global Scan.
There are more than five million Iraqis living outside Iraq — immigrants and, increasingly, refugees. From all over the world, they're watching helplessly as their country is coming under new attack by the Islamist extremist group ISIS. Now, an Iraqi American rapper is using his voice to tell the world what's happening.
The heavy-handed police response to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, this week, has drawn a lot of criticism from veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Phillip Carter, a former army captain, wrote a piece for the Daily Beast entitled "Ferguson's Cops Are Armed Like I Was in Iraq."
Had things been a little different, Jiyayi Suleyman might have been a peshmerga fighter alongside his uncle and other Kurdish troops. Instead he's a police office in Nashville trying to keep the city's residents there safe.