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Aug 27, 2014 1:36PM ET
On Wednesday, Shirley Sotloff released a videotaped plea to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIL and the self-proclaimed leader of the Islamic State, asking for her son's release.
Aug 26, 2014 3:51PM ET
Douglas McAuthur McCain, who was living in San Diego before he went abroad, was killed during fighting over the weekend.
Aug 26, 2014 1:06PM ET
President Obama mixed bluster with caution in a speech to the American Legion Tuesday. He repeated his warning to the Islamic State but didn't budge off his opposition to sending ground troops to Iraq.
Aug 26, 2014 8:51AM ET
A day after being warned not to strike ISIL in Syria, American planes have reportedly started to conduct air surveillance flights over Syria on Tuesday.
Aug 21, 2014 5:27PM ET
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is calling for an investigation into the possible leak about the failed mission to rescue James Foley and other American hostages.
Aug 21, 2014 3:03PM ET
Republicans seized on the killing of James Foley to push for an expanded air campaign and even limited ground troops in Iraq to destroy the Islamic State.
Aug 21, 2014 11:00AM ET
Ben Rhodes, President Obama's deputy national security advisor, told NPR that the American military effort against ISIL may not be restricted to Iraq.
Aug 21, 2014 10:26AM ET
Nicolas Henin, another journalist who was taken hostage by ISIL, revealed new details about his time captivity with Foley.
Aug 21, 2014 6:43AM ET
The radical Sunni group had previously attempted to ransom Foley for 100 million euros.
Aug 19, 2014 11:52AM ET
A newly released video by the Islamic State shows a picture of an American man who had been beheaded in Iraq with a caption that translated into English reads, "we will drown all of you in blood."
Aug 18, 2014 1:53PM ET
Aboard the papal plane, Pope Francis issued one of his more muscular decrees: It's okay to use force against the radical Sunni group ISIL.
Aug 18, 2014 6:44AM ET
A consortium of Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by American airstrikes, captured the Mosul Dam back from ISIL on Monday, delivering the biggest blow to the radical Sunni group yet.
Aug 17, 2014 9:32AM ET
The U.S. continued airstrikes on ISIL, allowing Kurdish forces to take back a part of Iraq's largest dam.
Aug 14, 2014 4:05PM ET
After pitching a defiant fit, the beleaguered Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will concede his post in favor of Haider al-Abadi, his nominated successor.
Aug 14, 2014 9:08AM ET
President Obama said the situation on Mt. Sinjar had "greatly improved" and an additional U.S. rescue mission likely not be necessary. Yet the U.S. plans to continue airstrikes against ISIL.
Aug 13, 2014 2:50PM ET
A suicide bomber struck a checkpoint near the Baghdad home of Haider al-Abadi, the man who is set to succeed beleaguered Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Aug 13, 2014 2:02PM ET
The White House says President Obama has ruled out deploying U.S. combat troops to Iraq, but forces could hit the ground to help Yazidis escape from their stranded perch atop a mountain in Sinjar.
Aug 12, 2014 3:53PM ET
For those keeping track at home, this is all getting very weird.
Aug 12, 2014 12:16PM ET
The Associated Press is reporting that an Iraqi helicopter delivering aid to hundreds of Yazidis trapped at the top of the Sinjar mountains crashed on Tuesday.
Aug 11, 2014 9:05AM ET
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has deployed special troops to the streets of Baghdad and accused the newly-elected president of violating the constitution.
Aug 10, 2014 2:28PM ET
After a day of coordinated strikes against ISIL, Kurdish forces report they have retaken two border towns.
Aug 10, 2014 12:31PM ET
Republican leaders flocked to the Sunday talk shows to criticize President Obama's handling of ISIL in Iraq and warned him that the group might strike the U.S. if he doesn't act soon.
Aug 10, 2014 8:33AM ET
Iraq's human rights minister says he has evidence that at least 500 Yazidis have been executed by ISIL and buried in mass graves.
Aug 9, 2014 12:51PM ET
President Obama said on Saturday that handling ISIL in Iraq is going to be a long-term project, but critics say that's because the president doesn't have a game plan at all.
Aug 8, 2014 5:20PM ET
There's a long history behind the Yazidi community, and there are more than enough explainers out on the Internet ready to go. Here are five key points to take away
Aug 8, 2014 4:05PM ET
It's a crime reminiscent of Boko Haram's mass abductions in Nigeria.
Aug 7, 2014 5:41PM ET
The military action will be in support of an second, humanitarian effort to rescue trapped Yezidi citizens.
Aug 7, 2014 9:31AM ET
Sunni militants from the Islamic State group have seized the country's largest dam, residents living nearby told the Associated Press.
Aug 4, 2014 2:33PM ET
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has ordered his air force to assist Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in a counter-offensive against the Islamic State in the north.
Aug 3, 2014 5:59PM ET
The Islamic State (formerly ISIS) swept across northern Iraq over the weekend, reportedly defeating Kurdish forces for the first time, and was rumored to have captured a vital dam.