Middle East

Fierce fighting in Syria as talks restart in Geneva

A fifth round of Syria talks in Geneva kicks off on shaky ground as clashes increase in Hama and Damascus.

Middle East

Why chlorine gas was used in Syria's civil war

Syria's chlorine problem: the human toll of chlorine attacks in six years of civil war.

Syria's Civil War

The voices missing from Syria's peace talks

As negotiations on the war in Syria resume in Geneva, civil society groups say their voices are not being heard.


US senator McCain warns of 'tough decisions' on Kurds

Senior senator says Turkey watching as decision must be made on arming Kurdish fighters in the coming battle for Raqqa.

Middle East

Trump administration hosts first anti-ISIL meeting

US hosts meeting of 68 countries working to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

Middle East

'Coalition air raid kills 33' at Syria refugee shelter

Activists say a suspected US-led coalition air raid struck a school sheltering displaced people near ISIL-held Raqqa.

Syria's Civil War

Syria's green buses: Symbol of a seismic shift

Less dramatic than the barrel bombs and less celebrated than the White Helmets but Syria’s green buses are still iconic.

by James Denselow

Middle East

Syrian rebels launch second Damascus attack

Government forces and rebels engaged in fresh fighting as rebel offensive near Jobar neighbourhood enters third day.

Inside Story

Can Syrian rebels build on their Damascus attack?

Opposition fighters launched brazen assault on the Syrian capital, seizing control of areas under government siege.

Middle East

Russia 'strikes deal' with Syrian Kurds to set up base

In agreement with Kurds, Russia to operate military base in Afrin and train YPG fighters in 'anti-terror' combat.

Middle East

Syrian army pounds rebels after Damascus assault

Fierce bombing follows Sunday's surprise rebel attack on government positions in the east of Syria's capital.

Middle East

Clashes in Syrian capital after surprise rebel assault

Fierce clashes reported in eastern areas of the Syrian capital after rebels attack government positions.

Battle for Mosul

ISIL after Mosul: Insurgency and rivalry

As the battle for Mosul reaches its final stages, what we are witnessing is ISIL's transformation, not its demise.

by Alia Brahimi

Middle East

Syrian rebels leave Homs district under deal

Fighters and their families moving out of Al Waer and into rebel-held parts of Aleppo under arrangement with government.

War & Conflict

Implications for a Syrian transition under Assad

Though some Syrians will accept his rule, embarking on a reconciliation process would be difficult with Assad in power.

by Sultan Barakat