The militant group seems to be arranging for residents in Mosul to be struck and killed by US-led coalition airstrikes in order to boost civilian death counts and create controversy around the coalition campaign.
President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily bans Iraqis from entering the US — including men like Ahmed Hameed, who served for three years as a translator for the US army. While vets apply political pressure on the administration and the Pentagon compiles a list of former Iraqi partners, Hameed waits, fearful and hopeful.
A decade of war has destroyed lives, schools and other social institutions in Iraq, killing hope for many Iraqis. Now, a young government worker is trying to awaken cultural pride and optimism by leaving books at the cafes frequented by young Iraqis.
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.
The Sunni militants who've rampaged through parts of Iraq have reportedly executed many Shiites in Iraq's army. In territories conquered by the militants, Sunnis wonder if they will be the ones to suffer for this violence if Iraq's army recaptures their towns.
The battle for Iraq, between Sunni militant groups and Shiite-dominated government forces, is not just about Iraq. Journalist Dexter Filkins says its could engulf much of the Middle East and create another terrorism sanctuary, similar to Afghanistan before 9/11.
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?
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.
Jan Egeland says the current crisis caused by the Syrian civil war affects far more people than the notorious violence in Rwanda and the Balkans more than a decade ago. And the former UN official says no nation is addressing it — from the West to the Arab World, or powers like China and Russia.