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.
The recent fall of Ramadi to Islamic State has added to the urgency to shore up Iraq's faltering security forces in Sunni provinces. The US deployment plan is expected to be unveiled Wednesday.
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.
This week's round-up of global commentary for the June 1, 2015, weekly magazine.