Inside Story

What can be done to stop cultural genocide?

The landmark al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its leaning minaret have been destroyed in Iraq.

Middle East

The looming question of Kurdish independence in Iraq

A Kurdish vote on independence in northern Iraq could be felt across the region at large.

The looming question of Kurdish independence in Iraq

Middle East

US shoots down 'Iranian-made' drone in Syria

Pentagon declined to speculate on who was operating it but said drone advanced on coalition forces in Syria's southeast.

US shoots down 'Iranian-made' drone in Syria

Inside Story

Are the US and Russia headed for a conflict in Syria?

Russia warns the US and its allies that it will shoot down any aircraft flying west of the Euphrates river.

War & Conflict

Syrian regime forces resume bombardment of Deraa

Airstrikes and artillery shells hit rebel-held areas of the city after a two-day ceasefire expired, rights group says.

Syrian regime forces resume bombardment of Deraa

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

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.

Middle East

Fresh Syria talks set for July 10 in Astana

Next round of Russian-backed Syria talks in Kazakhstan's capital will coincide with UN-sponsored talks in Geneva.

Fresh Syria talks set for July 10 in Astana

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

Syria's Civil War

Syria's displaced: 'This Ramadan is full of grief'

Displaced Syrians in Idlib are experiencing a harsh Ramadan after being evacuated from their hometowns.

Syria's displaced: 'This Ramadan is full of grief'

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

Middle East

Russia claims killing ISIL leader Baghdadi

Russia's defence ministry says Baghdadi was present at an ISIL meeting in Syria that was struck by Russian air force.

Russia claims killing ISIL leader Baghdadi

Middle East

'Staggering' civilian deaths in US-led Raqqa offensive

UN investigator says US-led air strikes on ISIL stronghold of Raqqa is causing a 'staggering loss of civilian life'.

UN: 'Staggering' civilian deaths in Raqqa offensive

Middle East

Putin warns Gulf crisis imperils Syria peace efforts

In a phone conversation with the Saudi king, the Russian leader cautioned against anti-Qatar measures.

Putin warns Gulf crisis imperils Syria peace efforts