The rise of ISIS took many in the West and in the Middle East by surprise. How could this group manage to take over large swaths of territory both in Syria and in Iraq in such a short amount of time? A new documentary called "The Rise of ISIS" takes a look at the group's early days.
Political tensions have calmed in Baghdad, but unrest in Iraq has given power — and weaponry — to the Shiite militias who stepped up to help fight ISIS. Now no one is sure if they'll still listen to the Iraqi government or look after their own interests.
Iraq has a new problem on its hands: A political showdown between current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his would-be successor. And the wrangling and potential violence are taking place against a backdrop of a massive humanitarian crisis and American intervention in northern Iraq.
Iraq's Parliament has been able to decide on just one thing in the past few days — and that's to meet at a later time. Politicians haven't been able to choose a speaker or other key positions to form a new government. A former Iraqi government spokesperson says its the worst dysfunction since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
The Obama administration is beginning to ramp up military support for the Iraqi government and for some Syrian rebel groups. Some experts reckon it's too little, too late. Michael Knights is an Iraq expert with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Incest and child molestation are real issues around the world. After being confronted with it first hand, an anonymous Middle East artist decided to do something about it. That story and more in today's Global Scan.
ISIS and its Sunni allies have made major territorial gains in western Iraq, seizing almost all of Anbar, the country's largest province. Now they're turning their attention to Baghdad, where Secretary of State John Kerry arrived today to help boost the morale of the Iraqi government.
Debate continues to rage over US troop levels in Afghanistan. The military has requested tens of thousands of new troops. President Obama met with Iraq's Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, at the White House today.
Barack Obama's mid-campaign trip to the Middle East continues. He's now in Iraq where he will talk with U.S. military officials and Iraq's Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, who recently announced it's time to talk about a timetable for a U.S. troop withdrawal. Guest: Jim Muir, BBC News Middle East correspondent
Many believe that Iraq's urban areas may destabilize after the U.S. troop departure. Joining The Takeaway is Nazar Janabi, former Director General for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, and Gary Solis, a retired marine who teaches military law at Georgetown.
To show the normalizing relationship between Iraq and the U.S., Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is visiting Washington. The Takeaway talks to Jim Muir, the BBC's Baghdad correspondent, and Alyssa Rubin, the former New York Times Baghdad bureau chief.
An Iraqi election committee attempted to bar six members of parliament from taking their newly won seats on Monday, saying they had ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath Party; another 42 members of parliament may find themselves on the chopping block as well.