War & Conflict

Civilian deaths reported in shelling near Damascus

Monitoring group says seven dead in assault on village in contested valley which supplies water to the Syrian capital.

Middle East

South African photojournalist kidnapped in Syria

Shiraaz Mohamed taken by unidentified armed men near Turkey border while on assignment for Gift of the Givers charity.

Maps

Syrian Civil War Map

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

War & Conflict

Syria's main opposition bloc backs Astana peace talks

Clashes continue in parts of Syria in advance of scheduled peace talks in the Kazakh capital later this month.

Syria's Civil War

Syria: Deal reached to repair Wadi Barada water supply

Deal reached after damaged water infrastructure in Wadi Barada left 5.5 million in Damascus area enduring shortages.

Syria's Civil War

Syria warns Israel after rockets hit air base

Large plumes of smoke rise over the capital with the Syrian army accusing Israel of targeting Mazzeh military airport.

Syria's Civil War

Suicide blast 'kills eight' in Damascus

Suicide bomb blast kills at least eight people in the Syrian capital, according to a monitoring group.

Maps

Aleppo: Who controls what

Aleppo, once Syria's largest city, is an important battleground in the war with at least 250,000 besieged in the east.

Battle for Aleppo

Syria's Civil War: Aleppo's heritage sites 'in danger'

UNESCO representatives are expected in Damascus next week to discuss ways of salvaging Aleppo's heritage.

Syria's Civil War

Syria rebels deny deal with government on water supply

The damage to water infrastructure supplying Damascus has left some 5.5 million people without water.

War & Conflict

'Date set' for Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan

Russia reportedly confirms date for upcoming Syria negotiations in Kazakhstan's capital amid concerns over participants.

Middle East

How far is Russia willing to go in Syria?

Russia seems intent on a political solution in Syria but it will have to press Assad harder to accept it.

by Yezid Sayigh

War & Conflict

Police kill attacker in Turkey's Gaziantep

Local news reports say clashes erupt in front of city's police station, with suicide bomber shot dead during attack.

Middle East

Syria army offensive tightens noose on rebel-held Douma

Health workers in rebel-held Damascus suburb say daily attacks by Syrian troops are stretching them to the limit.

Middle East

US troops 'kill dozens of ISIL fighters' in Syria raid

Coalition official confirms soldiers carried out operation against armed group in eastern province of Deir Az Zor.