Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

IS spokesman and head of external operations Abu Muhammad al-Adnani is pictured in this undated handout photo, courtesy the U.S. Department of State.

Who was Abu Muhammad al-Adnani and what does his death mean for ISIS?


Abu Muhammad al-Adnani was a high-ranking member of ISIS and he was reportedly killed this week in Aleppo, Syria. The US had a bounty of $5 million on his head.

An antiquated warplane belonging to Libyan pro-government forces prepares to attack ISIS-linked rebels in Benghazi. Italy and Egypt are pushing for the US-led anti-ISIS coalition to join the fight in Libya.

Why the US doesn’t want to call ISIS’ offshoots parts of ISIS at all

An Iraqi soldier carries a displaced child from Ramadi on the outskirts of Baghdad on May 19, 2015.

As ISIS seeks revenge in Ramadi, a US veteran fears for his Sunni allies there

A masked man speaking in what is believed to be a North American accent is pictured in a video that ISIS militants released in September 2014.

‘The Islamic State needs doctors and engineers, too’

A Kenya Defense Force soldier runs for cover during al-Shabab's attack on a university compound in Garissa on April 2, 2015.

Al-Shabab are masters of terror — and masters of the media

Major General Qassem Suleimani, who heads the Quds Brigade in Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Meet the most powerful man in the Middle East you’ve probably never heard of


He confounded American commanders in Iraq and all but saved the regime of Bashar al-Assad. But until recently, few people outside of military circles knew the name of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. He’s a public and popular figure in his home country now — and just as powerful as ever.

Lawyers at a protest in Tunis against extremism on March 19, 2015, a day after gunmen killed more than 20 people in the Tunisian capital.

‘Tunisians are in shock’ after a massacre in Tunis


Two gunmen killed more than 20 people in Tunisia on Wednesday, shocking the country that many people have called the Arab Spring’s only meaningful success story. And while most of the dead were tourists, a Tunisian journalist says locals are feeling the deaths strongly.

Militant Islamist fighters from the self-named Islamic State take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province.

How ISIS uses the tools of activism for its own violent goals

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“Today, ISIS is running probably the most effective propaganda machine out there,” says one analyst. But while ISIS may have the tools of activism down pat, it’s far different from real activist movement in important ways.

Visitors to the city of Amman's website were able to vote on the new uniform color for their city sanitation workers.

Jordan’s sanitation workers switch uniform color to avoid ISIS orange


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.

Shiite fighters fire a rocket during clashes with ISIS militants in Iraq's Salahuddin province on March 1, 2015. Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shiite militiamen sought to seal off ISIS in Tikrit and nearby towns.

The US is sitting out Iraq’s big battle in Tikrit — but Iran isn’t


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.