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.
The group's claims that it wouldn't treat religious minorities in Syria savagely if it comes to power aren't holding up in reality.
America has been groping for a successful strategy in Iraq for more than a decade, but the realities on the ground keep getting in the way.
Iraq's largest northern city was invaded a year ago by Islamic State militants. Today, its repressive rule is intact, and the group is pushing outwards from its territory in Iraq and Syria.
'Boat season' is in full swing in the Mediterranean, as migrants brave perilous conditions for a better life in Europe. But the crossing is deadlier than ever – already 1,800-plus migrants have died.
A US-led coalition is struggling to hold back Islamic State on the battlefield in both Iraq and Syria. Now, the key Syrian city of Aleppo may be at stake.
With the fall of Ramadi, the 'new' Iraqi Army continues to crumble. In its place sectarian militias are coming to the fore.
Researchers have grown increasingly concerned by the threat that global warming poses to global peace. And political leaders are beginning to take notice.
Baghdad's war against the Islamic State does not appear to be going as well as US officials have led many to believe.