Iranian American journalist and writer Azadeh Moaveni spoke with Marco Werman about why the term "ISIS brides" is problematic and shares her perspective on the much bigger role that women have had in militant Islamic groups.
After brutal battling over Raqqa, challenges lie ahead for the alliance now holding the Syrian city: Kurdish and Arab fighters, backed by the US, have to rule over a Sunni Arab city that they destroyed, and a population that views them with suspicion.
At least 100 Americans have gone — and some continue to go — to Syria to fight against ISIS. Many have joined a Kurdish militia group called the People's Protection Units or the YPG. What these volunteers are doing isn't illegal, but it raises many questions.
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.
Over 600 people including ISIS fighters and their families were escorted from the Lebanon border by Syrian government forces. That angered the US, which launched airstrikes to block their path to a town near Iraq.
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.
The Lebanese border town of Arsal has borne the brunt of the Syrian civil war with thousands of refugees and occasional cross-border strikes. But a major battle between Islamist rebels — including ISIS — and the Lebanese army last week was a major new development.
As Kurdish forces repel the militant group ISIS from areas in the north of Iraq, some believe they're also using the moment to push Arabs out of the villages where the groups have lived together for decades.
It's reminiscent of a black-and-white pirate flag and, for some, it conjures up similar feelings of death, destruction, outlaws and violence. Here is our quick explanation of the symbolism of the flag and the meaning of its Arabic phrases.
President Obama has committed the US to war with the Islamist militants of ISIS, but he has also limited his military options. Newsweek's Middle East editor thinks the effort might be too little, too late.
When the US responded to terrorism after 9/11, it used troops and massive force in the Middle East. The new war declared last night by President Obama against the terrorist organization know as the Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL, will look very different.
Buzzfeed reporter Ellie Hall got a disturbing look at the online world of young women — often from the West — who claim to be members of the Islamic militant group known as ISIS. They go to the Middle East to be married, raise young Jihadists and spread propaganda on social networks.
In recent months, Iraqi Christians have been displaced by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Christian leaders in northern Iraq are calling upon young Christian men fight alongside the Peshmerga and Iraqi army against ISIS. While thousands are heeding the call, most remain skeptical.
The US and its allies have stepped up their airstrikes around the besieged Syrian city of Kobane. But officials in the city say they are 'not enough' to save the city from the Islamic State. Catherine James of Britain's Guardian newspaper is just across the frontier from Kobane, in Turkey.