Was the early conception of IS a branching-out of the old Baath party? Or was it, as some argue, completely separate with no connection at all? Reality is probably a bit of a mix of both.
The West needs to push for local action against Islamic State's reign of terror in the Middle East. States in the region must find solutions to the conflicts to bring peace and stability.
After a major defeat in Mosul, Islamic State seems to have suffered a blow that could end its goal of establishing a cross-border caliphate in the Middle East.
Iraqis are proud of the victory in Mosul, but worried about the huge tasks ahead.
The way we talk about attacks is actually helping the extremists' monstrous cause.
A professor at Georgetown University answers three common questions about terrorism and political violence.
Under the Obama administration, the US army began to recruit, arm, and finance local militias to fight the Taliban. With Trump in the White House, what remains of this strategy?
What happens to the Islamic State if it loses the battle for territory in Iraq and Syria? Here's a list of ways it might go down.
IS claims of responsibility for the Nice attack shouldn't be taken seriously until there's more proof cementing the connection.
The terrorists haven't attacked us because of our colour or religion, they want to destroy our way of life.
Khaled al-Asaad was a world renowned scholar before his death at the hands of Islamic State.