An ISIS slaughter in Tikrit in June 2014 terrorized Iraq's Army and drove a wedge between Sunnis and Shiites. But months of determined bridge-building have broken free of the powerful tribal impulse for revenge.
US relations with Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey are some of the most challenging in the region, and Donald Trump's election looks likely to unsettle them all.
Israel rejected an invitation from France to a Middle East peace conference in Paris later this year, saying that it wanted to engage in direct talks with the Palestinians.
In a growing crackdown in the aftermath of an attempted coup, Turkey has detained the editor and at least a dozen senior staffers of a major opposition newspaper.
Iranian-backed militias have entered the fight to retake Mosul from ISIS. Has the Iraqi military learned any lessons from previous battles with ISIS?
The UN's refugee agency says it will soon have enough shelters for 150,000 people fleeing Mosul, as Iraqi and Kurdish forces battle to retake the city from the Islamic State.