Middle East

Pro-Assad forces lose 28 men in ambush in Syria

Firefight in village east of Damascus comes as clashes between two anti-government factions continue in Idlib province.

Deadly ambush near Damascus hits pro-Assad forces

Syria's Civil War

'Trump ends CIA support for anti-Assad Syria rebels'

US president phasing out agency's programme to arm and train groups in order to get closer to Russia, say US officials.

'Trump ends CIA support for anti-Assad Syria rebels'

Human Rights

Risk of mass killing rose most in Yemen in 2016: report

Yemen rises as Syria tops UK-based rights group's annual 'People's Under Threat' index for third consecutive year.

Risk of mass killing rose most in Yemen in 2016: report

Reporter's Notebook

Refugee children overcome trauma with circus skills

Social group restores young people's confidence by teaching them how to perform circus tricks in Mardin.

Middle East

Syrian rebels killed in Kurdish clashes

Fifteen dead in hit-and-run clashes with US-backed fighters in the country's north, says monitoring group.

Syria's Civil War

Syria's war explained from the beginning

The Syrian civil war is the deadliest conflict the 21st century has witnessed so far.

Opinion

Did the Putin-Trump ceasefire kill the Astana talks?

Sidelining Iran in deals on Syria could be dangerous for Russia.

Alexey Khlebnikov

by Alexey Khlebnikov

Alexey Khlebnikov

Middle East

Syria: Air attacks hit Raqqa as ISIL defends stronghold

Fatalities reported among warring Kurdish-led group and ISIL fighters as heavy bombardment shakes Old City of Raqqa.

Air attacks hit Raqqa as ISIL defends stronghold

Syria's Civil War

Jobar: 'Death is a central part of their daily lives'

Syrian director Maher Jamous provides an insight into making a film about life in the besieged town of Jobar.

Middle East

Shells hit Russian embassy compound in Syria

Syrian state media said that two mortar shells were fired at the Russian embassy in Damascus but reported no injuries.

Shells hit Russian embassy compound in Syria

Maps

Syrian Civil War Map

A map of the Syrian civil war that shows who controls what after five years of fighting.

Syrian Civil War Map

Middle East

Air raids blamed for deaths in Damascus suburb

UK-based monitor SOHR describes Friday's assault as deadliest in opposition-held Eastern Ghouta region since April.

Air raids kill 10 in Syria's Eastern Ghouta: SOHR

Middle East

Syria talks conclude in Geneva with no breakthrough

UN Syria envoy de Mistura says the Syrian regime has not budged in its unwillingness to discuss political transition.

Syria talks conclude in Geneva with no breakthrough

Middle East

No direct talks in sight between Syria's warring sides

Government delegation chief says direct meeting with opposition was not raised with his team at Geneva talks.

No direct talks in sight between Syria's warring sides

Reporter's Notebook

Turkey's Syrian refugees carve out their own opportunities

Syrian refugees in Turkey turn to entrepreneurship to help their community as well as contribute to the local economy.