Syria's Civil War

Damascus: Who controls what

Renewed violence, despite a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey, casts further doubt on UN-led peacemaking efforts.

Middle East

'No miracles' in Geneva talks as Syria fighting rages

A fifth round of UN-backed Syria talks is under way in Geneva amid low expectations as violence on the ground escalates.

Syria's Civil War

US expects allies to pick up the pieces after ISIL

The US wants to focus on the 'elimination' of ISIL by military force while leaving reconstruction efforts to its allies.

by Joe Macaron

Middle East

Geneva talks resume as Syria fighting rages

Hopes for breakthrough or concessions from either side remain low, amid ongoing violence in Damascus and Hama.

Middle East

UN: 300,000 civilians at risk in Damascus fighting

'Starvation around the corner' if humanitarian aid is not allowed into besieged areas in the capital, UN officials say.

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.