UpFront

UpFront special: Is it over for ISIL?

We debate whether ISIL can be defeated, where their support comes from and how to stop them.

Opinion

On ISIL, Arab TV and post-ideological politics

MBC's anti-ISIL TV series Black Crows toes the line of Western counterterrorism talk.

Jamil Khader

by Jamil Khader

Jamil Khader

Middle East

ISIL 'blows up' Mosul's iconic Grand al-Nuri Mosque

Mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate destroyed by ISIL, army says, but armed group blames US air raid.

Grand al-Nuri Mosque in Iraq's Mosul 'blown up' by ISIL

Middle East

The Arab vision for fighting terrorism

The only way to fight "terror" in the region is to reclaim a shared vision that transcends tribalism and sectarianism.

The Arab vision for fighting terrorism

ISIS

The rise and fall of ISIL explained

Three years after Mosul takeover, here is a breakdown of ISIL's path from its very beginnings to its current decline.

The rise and fall of ISIL explained

Middle East

Australia halts Syria air strikes after Russia warning

Suspension is 'precautionary measure' amid rising tensions between Russia and US over downing of a Syrian jet.

Australia halts Syria air strikes after Russia warning

Asia Pacific

Philippines renews military push to end Marawi conflict

Aircraft bomb rebel positions and troops push further into Marawi City as death toll in Mindanao conflict reaches 350.

Army renews push against ISIL-linked group in Marawi

Middle East

Russia threatens to target coalition planes in Syria

Moscow says it will 'target' US coalition aircraft in the west of Syria's Euphrates River after US downed a Syrian jet.

ISIS

Fighting ISIL through TV drama: The case of Black Crows

Analysis: A Ramadan soap opera that attempts to deter people from ISIL gets mired in stereotypes instead.

Fighting ISIL through TV drama: The case of Black Crows

Middle East

Iran fires missiles at ISIL positions in eastern Syria

Iranian Revolutionary Guard says it targeted ISIL bases in Deir Az Zor in retaliation for the June 7 attacks in Tehran.

Iran fires missiles at ISIL positions in eastern Syria

Middle East

US fighter jet shoots down Syrian army plane in Raqqa

US says the plane dropped bombs near coalition-backed forces, while Syria says its jet was flying in anti-ISIL mission.

US fighter jet downs Syrian plane in Raqqa province

Battle for Mosul

Iraqi forces launch assault to take Mosul Old City

Densely populated warren of alleyways crucial to recapture of whole of former ISIL bastion by US-backed forces.

Middle East

Syrian army declares two-day ceasefire in Deraa

Syrian military announces 48-hour lull in fighting in Syrian city, as diplomats seek to resume stalled talks.

Syrian army declares two-day ceasefire in Deraa

Battle for Mosul

'150,000 civilians' stuck in harrowing Mosul conditions

ISIL is preventing civilians fleeing and plans to use them as human shields before final battle for Old City, UN says.

UN believes up to 150,000 civilians trapped in Mosul

Middle East

Palestinians reject ISIL claim of Jerusalem attacks

Hamas says ISIL claim that three of its fighters attacked Israeli police is false and an attempt to 'muddy the waters'.

Palestinians reject ISIL claim of Jerusalem attacks