Why do 'ordinary' people go to fight Islamic State?

There's nothing ordinary about the men and women who go to fight Islamic State in Syria or Iraq. Why would there be? Why leave the stability and security of an 'ordinary' life in the UK, the USA or Australia, to take up arms in a bloody and brutal war?

Don't push your views on me

Personal account: A powerful message to those who think he should hate Muslims from a British soldier who lost a leg in Iraq.

Mother's Day: My grief at the loss of my soldier son in Afghanistan

Personal account: A mother writes about her grief and her pride in her 19-year-old son and shares his last letter home

Not in vain?

Staff Sergeant Olaf Schmid's widow made this powerful speech at her husband's funeral

Soldier boys - and girls

"Child soldiers are ideal..." the grim facts of some young lives

Feeling supported

How the military feel about support from the public

Showing support

UK support for the military is very high - but they show it more in the US

Women are to fight on the front line. Now the battle really begins

The decision has been made. Here's why the arguments against it just don't stand up.

Pregnant soldiers...?

Angela Epstein argues that on the battlefield, women are simply not equal

No wonder our ex-soldiers are looking for a fight

A survey reveals disturbing truths about members of our armed forces

I'm a conscientious objector

Personal account of a woman who would not contribute towards her country's military campaign

I went to prison for going AWOL

A soldier who went on the run tells his story

Moshtarak - Frontline Diary

A troop's eye view of what is really happening