Two suicide bombings hit Damascus on Wednesday, including an attack at a central courthouse that killed at least 32 people. The second wave of deadly attacks in the capital in less than a week after twin bombings killed 74 on Saturday.
Although several hundred US special forces troops have been active in Syria for months now, the Marines' arrival marks the largest deployment of America's conventional forces in Syria since the civil war began six years ago.
Iraqi forces on Sunday launched an operation to retake the west bank of Mosul, the latest phase of a massive offensive on the ISIS bastion. Here are the main dates concerning the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
Without an end to the wave of people fleeing warfare Syria and elsewhere for a new future, it can be easy to turn a blind eye to the suffering. From the Greek island of Kos, photographer Jörg Brüggemann captured jarring juxtapositions on beaches shared by vacationers and refugees alike.
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?
The surge of donations in the memory of one of the victims from Tuesday's shooting will enable a medical group to open two more dental clinics for Syrian refugees. They will be named after the husband-and-wife dental students who were slain near the University of North Carolina campus.
Like many homeowners, Diana Darke simply fell in love with her house and couldn't pass it up. But the British author's dream home was in Damascus, now caught in the Syrian civil war. Yet Darke refuses to give up on her house — or Syria itself.