In the Syrian city of Raqqa, residents have come to accept life under ISIS. In Iraq, the battle is raging to wrest Tikrit from ISIS control.
Iraq's prime minister is putting aside his differences with Kurdish forces in the north of Iraq as both groups fight militants from ISIS. The United States is also finding an unusual ally in Iran as both countries try to shore up the government in Baghdad.
Fear has rippled across Iraq since jihadist militias overran Mosul — Iraq's second city — on Tuesday. But correspondent Jane Arraf has talked with some Mosul residents who say the extremists have brought clean streets and running water.
Iraqis voted Wednesday in parliamentary elections. Voters held up fingers dipped in purple ink to show they had voted, as they did in previous elections in Iraq. The purple finger remains a symbol of hope.
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.
Ten years after the US fought to free Fallujah from insurgents, insurgents have retaken control of the Iraqi city. The Iraqi government is working to retake the city, with help from local tribes, but already hundreds of people have died and tens of thousands have had to flee their homes.
More than 60 journalists have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in 2011. Among the most recent is Iraqi journalist Yasser Faisal al-Julaimi, who was killed last month by Islamic extremists. Baghdad-based reporter Jane Arraf knew Yasser well and recalls his keen sense of beauty.
Dozens killed in Baghdad in the latest wave of violence to hit Iraq. The security forces are put on high alert. Anchor Marco Werman asks Jane Arraf, of Al Jazeera English and the Christian Science Monitor, to connect the dots between Syria and Iraq.
It's been 10 years since American troops entered Iraq and helped topple Saddam Hussein. Marco Werman speaks with veteran Middle East reporter Jane Arraf on what life is like for Iraqis a decade since the US-led invasion.
A staggering wave of coordinated bombings and attacks swept across 15 Iraqi cities on Monday killing more than 100 people.