“Ekan” chases his motorcycle adorned with Indian national flags as he practices stunts for a daredevil show to celebrate India’s Independence Day in Bhubaneswar, India. Biswara njan Rout/AP
Relatives of miners trapped deep in a copper and gold mine display a flag with the names of several Chilean towns written on it and the words: “Drill workers always together. Long live Chile!” Ivan Alvarado/Reuters
A soccer fan, her face daubed with the colors of South Africa’s flag, smiles during a match with Ghana Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters
A girl walks under a huge Ukrainian flag in Kiev during the country’s Day of the State Flag. Konstantin Chernichkin/Reuters
Street vendors in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, hawked flags to mark the country’s 50th year of independence. Luc Gnago/Reuters
A paramilitary policeman prepares for a flag-lowering ceremony in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, near a large portrait of Mao Zedong. Jason Lee/Reuters
An American flag is marched onto the field before a preseason football game between the New York Jets and the Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium. Peter Morgan/AP
A woman in Lahore, Pakistan, walked past a Pakistani flag on the eve of that nation’s Independence Day. Mohsin Raza/Reuters
Sophisticated and lethal, growing in number, Islamic State and other extremist groups won't become a global force. Here's why.
BySeth G. Jones, Contributor
Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State Group/AP
Mullah Abdul Rauf Khadim looked like any ubiquitous insurgent commander in southern Afghanistan. He had a sunbaked complexion, serried black beard, charcoal eyes, and the usual accessory – an AK-47 slung over his shoulder.