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Hunting Boko Haram

Report: Boko Haram Has Claimed More Than 1,000 Lives in 2015

A new report from Human Rights Watch finds that the pace of attacks by the Nigerian extremist group is up over last year, when nearly 4,000 were killed by them.

The Trouble with Antibiotics

Study: Antibiotic Use in Animals Projected to Soar

The use of antibiotics in food animals has become a public health concern due to the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A new study predicts that antibiotic use will only increase around the world as the demand for meat rises.

Syria at War

In Syria, Darkness Takes On New Meaning After Four Years of War

As the Syrian war enters its fifth year, 11 million people have fled their homes, plunging much of the country into darkness. Those who remain face daily bombardments, food shortages and a crumbling medical infrastructure.

Syria at War

New Reports Detail Assad’s Brutal Tactics in Syria

The dramatic rise of ISIS has shifted attention away from the conflict in Syria, but a new report provides a bitter reminder that attacks by the Syrian government on its own citizens are continuing unabated.

Afghanistan / Pakistan

The War the U.S. Left Behind in Afghanistan

International forces formally ended their combat role in Afghanistan in December, but the Afghan government’s war with the Taliban isn’t over. In fact, it’s become more deadly.

Being Mortal

Facing Mortality: How to Talk to Your Doctor

There is no rigid structure or checklist for having difficult conversations about end-of-life care. FRONTLINE asked experts in palliative care and organizations dedicated to helping patients have “the conversation” how to go about it.

Being Mortal

A Link Across Generations

The prolonged dying process of his own father was one of the catalysts for Dr. Atul Gawande to better understand end-of-life care.

Afghanistan / Pakistan

How Is American Money Being Spent on Afghan Security Forces? It’s Classified

The military’s decision to classify information that had previously been publicly available was described as “unprecedented” by the government watchdog for Afghanistan reconstruction.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

The U.S. Fight Against Al Qaeda in Yemen Just Got Harder

FRONTLINE asked four experts to weigh in on how Yemen’s political crisis is affecting the U.S. counterterrorism campaign there.

The Rise of ISIS

Have Airstrikes Really Killed Half of ISIS’ Top Commanders?

The U.S. announced that the coalition’s military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria had cost the group 50 percent of its top commanders and 6,000 fighters.

Putin's Way

New Russia Bill Targets “Undesirable” Foreign Organizations

Observers say the proposed law, which comes during a larger crackdown on dissent and opposition in Russia, could target commercial companies.

Hunting Boko Haram

What Makes Boko Haram’s Atrocities So Hard To Track?

Details about Boko Haram’s recent attacks on villages in northeastern Nigeria have been hard to come by. A researcher for Amnesty International explains why.

Al Qaeda In Yemen

How Credible is Al Qaeda’s Claim It Planned the Charlie Hebdo Attack?

FRONTLINE asked several experts to weigh in on the credibility of Al Qaeda’s Yemen branch’s statement.

Putin's Way

Putin’s Legal Crackdown on Civil Society

In the two years since Putin’s return to the presidency, analysts and rights groups say it has become harder for Russians to protest, publish criticism and carry out advocacy.

Putin's Way

What’s Been the Effect of Western Sanctions on Russia?

Western sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s inner-circle have been far more than just simply symbolic, says a former economic advisor to the Russian government.

The Battle for Ukraine

Putin: Russia, the “Bear,” Will Survive Economic Pain

In his annual address to the media, Vladimir Putin discussed economic headwinds, tensions with the West and why Russia is treated like a beleaguered “bear.”

Afghanistan / Pakistan

Taliban Attack On Pakistani School is Deadly and Symbolic

An attack that killed at least 132 children at an army-run school in Pakistan was not only one of the deadliest in recent history, it was also highly symbolic.

Social Issues

Remembering a Symbol of Resilience from Post-Katrina New Orleans

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Herbert Gettridge came to be known as a “a poster child” for struggle, perseverance and resilience.

The Battle for Ukraine

Putin Remains Defiant As Russian Economy Wavers

Observers were looking for any softening in Putin’s stance since low oil prices and sanctions began taking a toll on the Russian economy, but the strident tone of his state-of-the-nation address suggests he may be preparing to double down on his policies.

Kill/Capture

Could Night Raids Return to Afghanistan?

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s administration plans to lift a ban on the controversial raids targeting Taliban fighters, according to a new report.

Raising Adam Lanza

New Report: Adam Lanza “Did Not Just ‘Snap'”

A new report details the many red flags and missed opportunities in Newtown shooter Adam Lanza’s childhood.

The Rise of ISIS

Dempsey Considering Placing U.S. Troops Alongside Iraqi Forces

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs told a congressional committee that Iraqi forces may need closer help in response to a question prompted by FRONTLINE’s “The Rise of Isis.”

The Rise of ISIS

What a Pledge of Allegiance to ISIS Means

ISIS has sought such pledges to bolster its reputation as the world’s leading jihadist group, according to global terror experts.

The Battle for Ukraine

After Separatist Elections, What’s Next for Eastern Ukraine?

The breakaway eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk held elections this week. What comes next for the separatist regions?

The Rise of ISIS

In Their Own Words: Sunnis on Their Treatment in Maliki’s Iraq

They describe the many grievances of Iraq’s Sunni population, which they say led to the resurrection of the Sunni insurgency — once again providing a safe haven for extremists.

The Battle for Ukraine

Pro-Western Parties Win Big in Ukraine Elections

But the separatist-controlled eastern regions of the country did not participate.

TB Silent Killer

WHO Report: TB Epidemic “Even Bigger Than We Thought”

Treatment for drug resistant TB hasn’t kept pace, and some nations are facing epidemics.

Losing Iraq

Can Haider al-Abadi Bridge Iraq’s Sectarian Divide?

Not without reining in the Shia militias operating on the ground, according to experts who spoke to FRONTLINE.

Ebola Outbreak

Representatives Push for Travel Ban at Ebola Hearing

Following the death of the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., members of Congress questioned officials from several government agencies about the U.S. response to the disease.

Losing Iraq

Number of U.S. Air Strikes in Iraq Already Exceeds Those in Yemen, Somalia

The president pointed to the U.S. air campaigns in Yemen and Somalia as successful implementations of his planned strategy against ISIS.

Hunting Boko Haram

Uncovering Atrocities Committed By Nigerian Security Forces

Reporter Evan Williams on how his investigation into atrocities committed by Boko Haram took an unexpected turn.

Ebola Outbreak

MSF on Ebola: “This is the Biggest Outbreak We’ve Ever Known”

This Ebola outbreak has overwhelmed both local health facilities and Médecins Sans Frontières’ treatment centers.

Secret War

Pakistan’s “Forgotten Crisis”

More than 1 million — including 456,000 children– have been displaced this summer by the military’s campaign to root out militants in the tribal areas.

Losing Iraq

Can the Kurds Hold Out Against ISIS?

In the last week, ISIS and the Kurds have turned their guns on each other. What happens next?

Death By Fire

New Report Raises Questions About Guilt of Executed Texas Man

A witness who testified that Willingham confessed to arson says he lied in exchange for favorable treatment from prosecutors.

Losing Iraq

The Iraq War’s Key Players: Where Are They Now?

From Muqtada al-Sadr to the Sons of Iraq, these players shaped Iraq during the war. They may still have a role to play in its future.

The Battle for Ukraine

From Kalashnikovs to Surface-to-Air Missiles in Eastern Ukraine

When FRONTLINE producer James Jones first met separatists in Eastern Ukraine they were armed with rusty Kalishnikovs. Now they’re suspected of bringing down a plane.

Syria at War

New UN Resolution to Expand Humanitarian Aid in Syria

The move allows the UN to send aid to rebel-held areas without the Syrian government’s consent. But how many will it help?

Secrets of the Vatican

What Pope Francis Has Done Differently in Tackling the Sexual Abuse Scandal

His approach has differed from his predecessors. Vatican expert Jason Berry explains how.

Secrets of the Vatican

Pope Francis Holds First Meeting With Abuse Victims

Pope Francis met with abuse victims in his latest effort to address the sexual abuse crisis in the church. But victims’ advocates say it isn’t enough.

The Battle for Ukraine

What Comes Next in Ukraine?

This week, the Ukrainian government let a unilateral ceasefire expire and launched a major offensive in the east.

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