Nearly 120 dead in Baghdad bombings claimed by Islamic State

Nearly 120 people were killed and 200 wounded in two bombings overnight in Baghdad, most of them in a busy shopping area as residents celebrated Ramadan.
Jul 3, 2016

Civilians trapped as Iraq army and Islamic State intensify battle in Fallujah

The latest offensive, which started May 23, is causing alarm among these organizations as more than 50,000 civilians remain trapped without resources.
May 31, 2016

A true terrorist threat: Hostility towards young Muslim Americans

A young Muslim American breaks down how hostility towards her peers hurts everyone.
Jan 12, 2016

“Reform” of Islam is not the only answer to extremism

The "reform" of Islam isn't the only solution for terrorism, when political factors stifle dissent, says Ibtihal Mahmood.
Dec 17, 2015
Welcome to "the grey zone." (Photo by Tariq Yusuf)

What the Paris attacks felt like for American Muslims

When every terror attack is a setback in the struggle for acceptance.
Nov 25, 2015

Seattleites pray for Paris and for humanity at vigil

Some mourners thought of the victims in Paris and of the victims of an earlier devastating attack in Beirut also claimed by ISIS last week.
Nov 16, 2015
"Whose side are you on?" A Kurdish female fighter from the People's Protection Units (YPG) near the site of fighting between ISIS and fighters from the Democratic Forces of Syria in south-eastern Syria. (Photo by REUTERS / Rodi Said)

Sectarian Superpowers: At war with ourselves in Syria

Sunni/Shia, Arab/Kurd. How viewing the Middle East through a sectarian lens has driven the U.S. to folly.
Nov 12, 2015
Artistic director John Murphy, left, rehearses EZID, which opens June 20th. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

EZID acrobatic theater performance draws on ravages of Iraq

Choreographer’s recent trip to Northern Iraq inspires latest dance performance from The Cabiri nonprofit troupe in Seattle.
Jun 12, 2015
President Obama delivers a speech from the White House announcing an expanded military campaign against ISIS.

Essay Contest Winner: Disappearance to ISIS

If I were a foreign news correspondent I would like to be stationed in London to try to figure out how, and more importantly, why these three young girls left the country and their loving families without saying good bye.
May 23, 2015

Seattle vigils honor Eritrean, Ethiopian men slain by ISIS

Seattle’s Eritrean and Ethiopian communities held separate vigils to honor the men brutally executed in a video by the terrorist organization ISIS.
May 20, 2015

UK news report links ISIS recruiter to Seattle

A British news organization linked a Seattle woman to recruitment for the Islamic State, citing her posts on social media.
Apr 29, 2015
Young Ali Abdullah Saleh and his son Ahmed, 1984

What’s happening in Yemen (and why you should care)

The crisis in Yemen explained: Saudi Arabia, Iran and the complex web of alliances that's tearing apart the Middle East’s poorest country
Apr 21, 2015
Convicted suicide bomber Sajida al-Rishawi was executed Wednesday in a misguided act of retaliation for ISIS's murder of a captured Jordanian pilot. (Still from Jordanian TV)

Tit for tat executions are no way to counter ISIS

Jordan's execution of Islamist prisoners as revenge against ISIS sets a disturbing precedent.
Feb 7, 2015

Young Syrians make easy prey for militants

A volatile mix of boredom, non-existent job opportunities and desperation among young Syrians could lead them straight into the hands of extremists.
Dec 1, 2014
ISIS Insurgents

Why you should (and shouldn’t) be worried about ISIS

Back from Baghdad, veteran foreign correspondent Jonathan Landay has the real story about the Islamic State.
Nov 26, 2014
Gender roles in pre-war Syria were much more progressive than under ISIS control, with women moving freely and holding high positions in the Assad Regime. But the constitution still included many misogynist clauses. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

ISIS brutality toward women a shocking symptom of a larger disease

A video of ISIS stoning a woman to death last month shocked the world. Having grown up in the region, I wasn't that surprised to see it.
Nov 18, 2014
President Obama delivers a speech from the White House announcing an expanded military campaign against ISIS.

Cautiously, Iraqis and Syrians welcome expanded US fight against ISIS

What are people in the Middle East saying about Obama's ISIS speech?
Sep 11, 2014