Two women wearing black veils walk outside past a sign with Arabic text.

The women of ISIS are more than just brides

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.

Compounding the Paris Tragedy, a Blow to Culture

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Syrian Democratic Forces fighters dance along a street in Raqqa, Syria, on Oct. 18, 2017.

Raqqa liberated from ISIS: ‘My city is now ruined and burned down’

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) celebrate the defeat of ISIS in Raqqa, Syria.

A Raqqa resident asks why militia had to destroy his city to liberate it

Iraqi security forces advance in military vehicles in Kirkuk on Oct. 16, 2017.

US allies turn their US guns on each other in Iraq

Captives suspected of being Islamic State militants are seen southwest of Kirkuk, Iraq.

Nearly a thousand ISIS fighters choose surrender, not martyrdom, in Iraq


A New York Times correspondent talked with some of the ISIS recruits whose leaders instructed them to surrender.

Lucas Chapman in Rojava, Syria.

For some Americans, the conflict in Syria is ‘the Spanish Civil War of our time’


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.

A convoy of ISIS fighters and their families begin to depart from the Lebanon-Syria border in Qalamoun, Syria, on Aug. 28, 2017.

The US bombs path of ISIS convoy in Syria after a controversial withdrawal deal


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.

Yazidi rebaptism ceremony in Iraq

Photos: Yazidi women undergo a rebirth ceremony after ISIS enslavement


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.

Fighting continues in Syria, where Kurdish troops from the People's Protection Units are facing down ISIS militants in Raqqa, Syria.

Is Syria ‘the war of our time, a humanitarian test of our time?’


ISIS militants are being squeezed out of their final strongholds in eastern Syria.