iraq

Analysis: How Islamic State became a 'state'

Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, the militants' black flags have been raised over Ramadi and Islamic State has the foundations of a state.

palmyra

Syria: Islamic State claims full control of Palmyra

Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Thursday and overran Iraqi government defenses east of Ramadi, the provincial capital that they seized five days earlier.