Intense efforts from Syrian regime to boost military numbers after substantial losses.
Militant group kills 120 of its own members trying to go home and 1878 civilians in six months.
US-led coalition's new, smaller mission - Resolute Support - comes at a tense time for Afghanistan.
Marlborough Boys' College old boy Roman Kutzowitz went to work in October wearing a bullet-proof vest and helmet.
He worked closely with US forces in Iraq. Now he sits in a tent using a scalpel to gouge shrapnel out of his mangled legs.
Yemeni security officials say suspected Shi'ite rebels have kidnapped the country's second highest intelligence official.
He was due to celebrate Christmas Eve Mass for thousands of worshippers. But first, Pope Francis wanted to deliver a personal message.
Cultural heritage sites in Syria stretching back to the dawn of civilisation have been damaged by its ongoing civil war.
Children cheered and the Iraqi Kurdish flag fluttered as minority Yazidis trapped by the Islamic State on a mountain see the end of their siege.
A Texas plumber has no idea how his old work truck ended up in the hands of Islamists in Syria.
Australian combat aircraft operating over Iraq have dropped more than 100 bombs, each striking an Islamic State target.
US defence official says several Islamic State group leaders have been killed in air strikes in northern Iraq.
Pakistan's prime minister says his government "will not rest until every terrorist is killed".
Scattered shoes, broken eyeglasses and trails of blood mark the scene where 148 students and teachers were killed.
Taliban gunmen storm a Pakistan military-run school, killing at least 141 people, mostly children.
Around 100 Syrian soldiers and 80 Islamist fighters killed during a two-day battle near Wadi al-Deif military base.
Some have lost loved ones. Others have lost their homes. All have lost their innocence.
Islamic State releases pamphlet detailing guidelines for treating non-Muslim female slaves in the militant group's custody.
The Afghan Taliban have killed a Supreme Court official, a dozen mine clearers and several national and foreign soldiers.
Kiwi photographer captures the reality of life for some in wartorn Iraq.
Palestinian minister dies shortly after being grabbed by the neck by an Israeli border police in the West Bank.
A suicide bomb and mortar attack by Islamic State militants kills 12 Shi'ite militia fighters north of Baghdad.
Afghanistan's self-styled Bruce Lee is using kung fu to teach the world.
When the US launched a raid in Yemen that led to the deaths of two hostages, it didn't know one was on the verge of being released.
US commander reveals allies have committed to send about 1500 forces to Iraq to help advise and train Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers battling the Islamic State.
The family of a British-born hostage killed by Islamic militants says he might still be alive had it not been for an attempted US rescue mission.
Seventy Ethiopian migrants have drowned after their boat sank off the coast of Yemen.
There is a new epidemic in Iran and it's one affecting 345,000 people.
Israeli warplanes have bombed Syrian government targets, underscoring the deepening complexity of the war.
The Israeli military will look into looting, the deaths of Palestinian civilians, and other suspected violations of international law.