Baghdad's war against the Islamic State does not appear to be going as well as US officials have led many to believe.
A round-up of global commentary for the May 11 Monitor weekly magazine.
'Two soldiers of the caliphate' attacked the Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas, Islamic State said. But officials say the IS role more likely was inspirational.
The allegations by Amnesty focus on the battle waged in the divided city of Aleppo. The UN is hoping to revive peace talks at which Iran and Turkey – but not Islamist rebel forces – will be represented.
In an interview on '60 Minutes,' the Syrian president claimed that IS was expanding and gaining more recruits. He also expressed optimism about 'dialogue' with the US.
Syria's largest city is contested by various rebel groups, including anti-US jihadists. A UN envoy is trying to broker a temporary cease-fire so that humanitarian aid can reach civilians.