The woman who washes the dead

The story of two women - a Palestinian Bedouin and a Syrian refugee - as one prepares the other for burial.

Middle East

Syria talks to resume with low expectations

UN's Staffan de Mistura plays down expectations for progress as government and opposition officials gather in Geneva.


Time to tackle ISIL's millions of sympathisers?

It is necessary to improve the underlying conditions that transformed ordinary citizens into desperate ISIL supporters.

by Rami G Khouri

Syria's Civil War

After six years of war, low hopes for Syria peace talks

As officials and rebels gather in Geneva for more meetings, prospect of war ending fades with ceasefire falling apart.


Struggle over Aleppo's story takes to the skies

How citizen journalists used drone technology to challenge the Assad regime's narrative of Aleppo's plight.

by AlHakam Shaar
- Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

Middle East

US-backed alliance enters Syria's Deir Az Zor province

Eleven people killed and more than 35 wounded in air strikes in town in northern Deir Az Zor province, observatory says.

Middle East

Iran and Turkey trade barbs over Syria and Iraq

Iran summons Turkish ambassador and hits back at Ankara, after officials blame Tehran of destabilising the Middle East.

Syria's Civil War

Syria's 'White Helmets' makers get US visas for Oscars

Leader of rescue group and filmmaker plan to attend Academy Awards next week after suspension of Trump's travel ban.

Middle East

Kurdish commander pledges to retain Syria's Manbij

Turkish president's plan to clear Kurdish forces from Syrian city and set up a safe zone meets with Kurdish defiance.

Middle East

Security Council resolutions to be 'Syria talks basis'

Elections, new constitution and governance to be on the agenda of forthcoming meeting in Geneva of Syrian factions.


Fighting intensifies in Syria's Deraa

Heavy Russian attacks reported after rebels try to obstruct Syrian government bid to retake strategic border crossing.


Saudi Arabia says four ISIL cells broken up

At least 18 arrested for providing shelter and funds to ISIL fighters and for recruitment in different parts of kingdom.

Middle East

Al Bab: Russia-Turkey understanding on Euphrates Shield

Ankara's plans to push further east and south of Al Bab might face serious diplomatic challenges, say analysts.

Middle East

Start of Syria talks in Kazakh capital delayed one day

A new round of talks on the Syrian conflict led by Russia, Turkey and Iran were set to begin on February 15.

Middle East

UN: 'Looming catastrophe' in Syria's besieged towns

UN official urges Syria war players to allow life-saving aid deliveries to 60,000 civilians trapped in four towns.