After surviving a siege and chemical weapons, Qusai Zakarya became an activist in his native Syria. Now in the US, he reflects on the death of "true martyr" James Foley, the American journalist who died at the hands of ISIS this week — and blasts the Obama administration for not acting in Syria.
The American government is close with the Kurdish peshmerga in Iraq but considers the PKK, Turkey's main Kurdish party, a terrorist group. Now that the PKK is playing a bigger role in fighting ISIS, the US may find itself helping those "terrorists."
The man who executed American reporter James Foley spoke with a British accent, presumably one of hundreds of British nationals that authorities think are fighting alongside members of ISIS. So why are they there, and how can they be stopped?
James Foley's kidnapping and murder is a sad trend in the war in Syria, but it's paying off for terrorist groups. They've collected millions of dollars in ransoms, and journalist David Rohde, who spent seven months in Taliban captivity, says current kidnapping policies aren't keeping journalists safe.
Sectarian discord in Iraq is mounting, and new prime minister Haider al-Abadi must convince Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds to keep working together in a united Iraq. He's Iraq's best hope, but even a change in leadership may not be enough.
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.
The Mosul Dam is vital to Iraq, but it's one of the most dangerous dams in the world. Without constant upkeep, which is threatened because of fighting over the dam, it's at risk of collapsing and sending a tidal wave down the Tigris River
Gulie Khalaf lives in Lincoln, Neb., home to America's largest Yazidi community. Community members are consumed by news about fellow Yazidis in danger in Iraq, so much so that some people have quit their jobs to grieve — and work to help people escape.
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 ISIS forces closed in on the de facto Kurdish capital, residents of the city tried to keep their daily lives going. Now, after an American intervention, the future looks more secure, though some Kurds fear that the aid may carry a heavy price for them.
King Abdullah of Jordan has promised a "relentless war" against ISIS after the gruesome murder of a captured Jordanian Air Force pilot. Two Islamists on death row in Jordan were executed this morning in apparent response, and the pilot's father has called for more. But how united is Jordan?
ISIS moves may not make much practical military or political sense, but that violent illogic may be part of the group's appeal to recruits. And despite their errors, they don't appear to be on the verge of defeat any time soon.
Here's a stark lesson in why many people want ISIS execution videos and images to be ignored: A group of children in Egypt was recently filmed re-enacting an ISIS-style beheading, showing just how much propaganda value such images can have.
Western recruits to ISIS are evolving new ways to reach the Syrian front lines, using "broken travel" to take circuitous roots to joining jihadi groups. Such tactics are making potential fighters even harder to spot for Europe's many intelligence agencies.
As many as 90 Assyrian Christians have been kidnapped from villages in northeastern Syria by ISIS fighters, and may become fodder for a prisoner exchange between the militants and the Kurdish rebels who are holding some jihadis captive.
Last week, a group of ISIS fighters destroyed ancient statues and artifacts in the museum of Mosul. Iraqi government responded on Sunday by re-opening the Baghdad Museum, giving people in Baghdad their first glimpse of national treasures in more than a decade.
A major offensive against ISIS forces is under way in Iraq, and the Iraqi army is getting plenty of support from Iran and its Iraqi Shiite allies. One country that isn't getting involved, however, is the United States.
The people of Amman have voted, and the city's sanitation workers will now don turquoise-colored jumpsuits rather than their old bright orange uniforms, which closely resemble the outfits ISIS hostages are forced to wear.