War & Conflict

Obama to send 250 new military personnel to Syria

Deployment labelled effort to keep up "momentum" in campaign, with European allies urged to match US contributions.

War & Conflict

Deadly bombing hits suburb of Syria's Damascus

Explosion at army checkpoint kills at least 15 in al-Diyabiyah, an area struck by ISIL several times in recent weeks.

War & Conflict

Merkel calls for refugee 'safe zones' in Syria

German chancellor on a visit to Turkey says "refugees will have more opportunities near their home".

Aleppo Bombing

UN envoy estimates 400,000 killed in Syria civil war

Staffan de Mistura's estimate, which far exceeds those given by UN in the past, is not an official number.

Aleppo Bombing

Syria: Civilians killed as air strikes pound Aleppo

At least 20 people reportedly killed in Aleppo bombardment during Friday prayers.

Syria's Civil War

Syria civil war: UN evacuates four besieged towns

Safe passage secured for sick and wounded in four towns as government pushes renewed offensive against rebels.

Aleppo Bombing

At least 40,000 Syrians flee as Aleppo fighting rages

UN says it is deeply concerned about the fate of people forced from their homes as government goes after rebels.

Middle East

At least 50, including children, killed in Syria

At least 50 killed, including children, in air strikes on two markets in rebel-held northwestern province, sources say.

War & Conflict

Syria: No justice without return of displaced

A stable ceasefire is the only possible means for helping displaced Syrians to return to home.

by Paul Seils

War & Conflict

Syria: 'Assad's future is not up for negotiation'

Syrian government negotiator says his side is pushing for an expanded government under Bashar al-Assad's rule.

War & Conflict

Rockets from Syria kill four Syrians in Turkey's Kilis

Turkey hits back after four rockets from Syria land on hospital and teachers' dormitory in border town.

War & Conflict

Call to arms from Syria rebels

Ceasefire in doubt as groups announce new "battle" in response to what they say are violations from the Assad side.

War & Conflict

Yarmouk civilians risk 'starvation and dehydration'

Residents of Syria's Yarmouk camp faced with "desperate humanitarian" situation as armed groups battle for 10th day.

War & Conflict

Syrians 'flee towards Turkey' after ISIL attacks

Rights group says residents of camps in Aleppo province among those affected by clashes between ISIL and rebels.

Bashar al-Assad

Syrian opposition offers power-sharing with regime

Main opposition bloc willing to create transitional body with current government members, but not President Assad.