Syria's War

Norwegian diplomat to be new UN envoy to Syria

UN chief Antonio Guterres informed the Security Council he intends to appoint Geir Pedersen as his special envoy.

Opinion

Russia's new game in Syria

Russia is focusing its efforts on blackmailing Europe into paying for reconstruction and pushing the US out.

Marwan Kabalan

by Marwan Kabalan

Marwan Kabalan

Syria's War

Differences 'out in the open' at four-way Syria summit

Istanbul summit addresses numerous issues, including Idlib demilitarised zone, constitutional reform and refugees.

Middle East

UN says Damascus is blocking efforts to end civil war

The outgoing UN envoy to Syria is hopeful that high-level meetings will lead to a solution, but is facing resistance from Syria's government about the who will attend the meetings.

Syria's War

Four-way Syria talks kick off in Istanbul

Meeting to address numerous issues in the conflict, including demilitarised zones and a political path forward.

Four-way Syria talks kick off in Istanbul

Middle East

What to expect from Turkey-hosted summit on Syrian war

Leaders of Turkey, Russia, Germany and France to discuss Idlib, aid, drafting of constitution and reconstruction.

What to expect from Turkey-hosted summit on Syrian war

Middle East

Japanese journalist captured in Syria 'freed'

Citing Qatari officials, Japan says a man believed to be Jumpei Yasuda has been freed after three years of captivity.

Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda captured in Syria 'freed'

Opinion

How do Palestinians see the Syrian war?

A complex set of factors is shaping Palestinian attitudes towards Syria.

Adnan Abu Amer

by Adnan Abu Amer

Adnan Abu Amer

Podcast

Syria: The endgame

After more than seven years of war, who will win the peace?

Syria: The endgame

Opinion

Assad's strategic use of ISIL made his victory in Syria possible

The Syrian regime used groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda to undermine the opposition and seize territory.

Maysam Behravesh

by Maysam Behravesh

Maysam Behravesh

Middle East

UN Syria envoy to step down in November

Envoy vows to step up effort to get agreement on committee to draft Syria's constitution before he resigns next month.

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura to step down in November

Opinion

A confrontation in Idlib remains inevitable

Without a long-term political solution to the Syrian conflict, the fate of Idlib will likely be determined militarily.

Joe Macaron

by Joe Macaron

Joe Macaron

Syria's War

Sole crossing between Syria and Israel-occupied Golan reopens

Two key borders reopen in a major boost to the Syrian government as it takes over most rebels areas.

Sole crossing between Syria and Israel-occupied Golan reopens

Syria's War

Deadline passes for Syria's Idlib buffer without fighters leaving

Armed groups were supposed to withdraw from the buffer as a final condition to implementing a Russian-Turkish agreement.

Jordan

Jordan and Syria to reopen border

Passage 'vital to trade' between Jordan and Syria will reopen on Monday for first time in three years, say officials.

Jordan and Syria agree to reopen Naseeb border crossing