Twelve years after George W Bush proclaimed a new era of peace and stability in Iraq, the Middle East is more unstable and dangerous than ever before.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who the French authorities say helped plan the Paris attacks.
In the flurry of activity since Paris was attacked, the reasons it happened in the first place risk being forgotten.
Displaced residents from the Yazidi sect, fleeing ISIS forces in Sinjar, August 11 2014.
Recent talks in Vienna may help end the Syrian civil war, but diplomacy will not eliminate ISIS.
Islamic State is as resilient and effective as any terrorist group we've seen. How has it made itself so strong?
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John Kerry and 20 diplomats came together Saturday to seek a way toward peace in Syria. A former Indian ambassador to Syria believes good progress was made.
Australia recently extend its bombing missions in the Middle East to the skies over Syria.
Will the terror attacks in Paris impact on Australia's commitment to coalition military efforts to stop the spread of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria?
The British government's position is that this was a legitimate act of self-defence in a war zone. But there are other issues to examine.
It’s not looking good.
Assembled at the cost of billions of dollars, Iraq's army has never amounted to much – and it's not the first foreign-built military to fail so spectacularly.
On the Banks of the Tigris is a story of culture triumphing over an oppressive regime.
Award-winning documentary film On the Banks of the Tigris explores the influence of Iraqi Jewish musicians in the cultural life of Iraq and paints a portrait of a country that was once a thriving multicultural centre.
Rouhani’s hand grows stronger thanks to Iran’s cooperation with Russia.
Russia's stepped-up role in Syria is likely to bolster Iran and the anti-Western opposition in Iraq.
Very few of the millions of refugees from Syria and Iraq have made it to European countries in the hope of resettlement.
Solving the refugee crisis depends on the extent to which the people of the world – in the Gulf, Europe, Australia or anywhere else – are willing to live up to their moral responsibilities.
Pilgrims assemble to visit the mausoleum and shrine of Sheikh Adi in the valley of Lalish.
They've been persecuted for hundreds of years, and most recently by Islamic State – but the Yazidis now living in Iraq's refugee camps are remarkably circumspect.
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Despite a fierce exchange of rhetoric over Russia's airstrikes in Syria, it makes sense for Moscow and Washington to coordinate their military intervention.
Don’t believe the hype.
Life in the caliphate wasn't exactly as advertised for one group of former fighters.
It can be difficult to imagine that the antiquities in our museums were once a part of vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. Let our expert take you on a tour of three cities to rival today's global hubs.
Iraqis have taken to the streets recently to demand their government tackle the corruption endemic to its political system.
Is serious reform to stamp out political corruption in Iraq even possible given inevitable opposition from those with a vested interest in the status quo?
Australian aircraft are set to join in bombing activities over Syria.
Australia must have a realistic view of the end goal in increasing its efforts in the fight against Islamic State in Syria, and start planning to stabilise and rebuild any territory retaken.
Nothing to see here: the aftermath of a reported chlorine attack in Syria.
The war in Iraq and Syria might well now be a chemical one – but it won't make any difference to the world's response.
Palmyra’s Temple of Bel, pre-Islamic State.
The robust international laws meant to protect cultural heritage are worth little without real international action.
The Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan is home to thousands of the nine million refugees displaced by the conflict in Syria.
Australia should keep out of the Syrian conflict. Instead, it should respect the rule of law and the peaceful resolution of disputes by promoting a diplomatic end.