A retreat by NATO-trained Afghan forces in Kunduz this fall came after more than a decade of military operations against the Taliban. Many recognize the need to include the group in any political settlement.
A secure, stable and united Yemen anytime soon looks sadly unlikely.
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.
US airstrikes appear to have killed Al Qaeda's number two in Yemen and over a dozen jihadis near the Libyan city of Benghazi. The question is whether the Pentagon's ongoing assassination campaign is doing any good.
The killing of Nasser al-Wuhayshi is described as the most significant setback to Al Qaeda since the death of Osama Bin Laden in 2011. But counterterrorism officials warn that the group's threat remains potent.
Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an Algerian militant known as 'The Uncatchable,' had been supposedly killed several times before. Libyan officials said the US airstrike over this weekend had killed him.
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.
Police around Italy Friday were rounding up 18 Pakistanis and Afghans, two of whom were thought to be former bodyguards for slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
The US is at war with the Islamic State. A look at some opinions on how to successfully fight the group, and the risks that come with that.