Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

people walking down the street in a devastated area of the city

4 years later, the legacy of ISIS prevents these Iraqi children from going to school

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​​​​​​​Thousands of Iraqi children who lived under the brutal rule of ISIS in northern Iraq still face obstacles. Iraqi families who were issued official identification documents by ISIS continue to have a hard time getting their kids into school, because the government doesn’t recognize their paperwork.

President George W. Bush declares the end of major combat in Iraq as he speaks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast. But the war dragged on for many years after that.

Citizen pain: Part II

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In this Aug. 30, 2019 photo, Layla Taloo visits the Ninewa Palace Hotel, where she was once brought by her Islamic State militant captor in Mosul, Iraq.

Sexual violence in conflict: Part I

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An angry mob storms the US Capitol building.

US Capitol attack exposes depth of America’s problem with white extremism

An archbishop blesses a man with his golden cross

Iraqi archbishop who helped save ancient manuscripts from ISIS nominated for EU award

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Two people carry luggage down a bombed out street in Mosul.

Civilian decisions in conflict: Part I

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Critical State takes a deep dive into one of the most fundamental choices civilians make in wartime: whether to stay in their homes and live under the control of an armed group that has conquered their city — or to abandon their homes and flee to somewhere they hope will be safer.

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu speaking at a press conference.

Europe is ‘terrified’ ISIS fighters will go free if repatriated

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Turkey says it is beginning to deport ISIS members held in detention. Host Marco Werman speaks with Anne Speckhard, the director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism in Washington, about these deportations.

Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren stand behind podiums

Biden said ISIS is ‘going to come here.’ Is he right?

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Counterterrorism officials agree that Trump’s withdrawal from Syria has increased the risk of ISIS attacks inside the US. The question is how soon they could happen.


Does the chaos in Syria help ISIS?

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ISIS watchers say the pullout of American troops from northeast Syria is a gift to the group.

Yazidi women

Yazidi woes drag on after ISIS defeat as religious persecution worsens globally

This month, Yazidis mark five years since ISIS overran northwestern Iraq, murdering an estimated 5,000 Yazidi men and boys who refused to convert to Islam, and enslaving some 7,000 women and girls, including some as young as nine.