Kurds are considered the largest ethnic group in the world without a country. The turmoil in Syria and Iraq creates an opportunity to draw closer to that dream.
At least 3,144 Yazidis are still being held by the self-styled Islamic State, The New York Times reports. Militant leaders cite the Quran in justifying the enslavement of women.
Little is known about the Khorasan group, though it is said to be a small, elite group of Al Qaeda members involved in planning high-level attacks on the US.
The humanitarian crisis is deepening and the chances of a political solution soon seem very slim.
While the jihadis of the Islamic State hope their reputation for brutality will deter their enemies, another group's snuff video shows that what has happened instead is an expansion of viciousness and cruelty.
Overlap with such forces shouldn't be a surprise: America's wars in Iraq have required painful compromises all along.
Al Awri al-Harzi, a Benghazi suspect described as a mid-level Islamic State operative, was killed in a drone strike June 15 while driving a car in Mosul, the Pentagon said.
Gen. Ray Odierno said in an interview aired today that a massive US military effort in Iraq would defeat the Islamic State – and leave them hanging unless Iraqi politicians changed course.
There are troubling signs that training efforts in Iraq haven't been going well. And a lack of US manpower doesn't appear to be the reason.