Initially heralded as the beginning of the end for IS, the effort to take back Iraq's second city is flailing.
When mass graves are disturbed, it makes it harder to find out the truth about what happened.
Could the president-elect and his secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson adopt useful policies in the Middle East? A scholar sees some hopeful possibilities.
The humanitarian crisis in the Middle East is getting worse by the day. A survey of aid workers provides a glimpse into life on the ground, and clues to why the humanitarian sector is ailing.
Many migrants would have stopped before they reached Europe – if only there had been the opportunities.
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.
The costly reconquest of the city will not significantly impact the group's transnational strategy
The effort to take back IS's biggest prize in Iraq has begun at last. But there's no shortage of other problems to deal with.
More needs to be done to protect women against sexual violence perpetrated in war.
PTSD isn't all about bombs and bullets. The baggage soldiers and medics bring to war zones will help us better understand diverse responses.
Wyatt Roy took it upon himself to look for a gunfight without a cause.
The US will only take action on WMD when it suits them.
Governments often have limited knowledge of chemical production as it is the preserve of the private sector. Often these facilities are not as well secured as government facilities.
If Trump becomes president, he'll inherit one of the US's most dangerous military tools.
Scarred by disastrous wars and thousands of deaths caused by terrorism, the world is still reeling from the events of September 2001.
Islamic State's call to arms against Australian targets may appear concerning in it its specificity. But it does little to change the underlying security realities the group and its supporters face.
Barack Obama assumed office in January 2009 amid public euphoria and high expectations of greater racial harmony and reduced gun violence at home and a more stable and peaceful international order.
Perceptions of hordes of refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos have damaged tourism. But the refugees are dignified people, not beggars. An initiative is needed to bring tourists back to the island.
France needs to find a place for Islam in its fiercely secular state.
Australia has agreed to expand its training work in Iraq to include not just the army but also law enforcement authorities.