We’ve heard about ISIL (or ISIS or “the Islamic State”).  Understanding the situation isn’t always easy.

I’m posting here (and will keep adding as I find) links to websites that I think help explain the background of the situation.  If you have any links to add, please include them in a “comment.”

15 Shocking Numbers That Will Make You Pay Attention To What ISIS Is Doing In Iraq (11 August 2014)

Five Facts You Need To Know about Iraq, its Religious Minorities, & ISIS (11 August 2014)

Scholarly articles from International Studies Quarterly