Policemen escort five Syrian men after they were detained at Toncontin international airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

A group of five Syrians paid smugglers $10,000 (€9,340) each to travel through multiple countries before being detained for carrying false Greek docum(...)

Reem Akkad, a Syrian-American woman who was born in Michigan and who grew up in the US, Syria and other parts of the Middle East. She is a board member of Syrian American Rescue Network, a non-political and non-religious group of volunteers in southern-eastern Michigan set up to help Syrians settle in the US. Photograph: Simon Carswell

Lujain Breijawi and her cousin Alaa Breijawi, both 24, sit in their rented home in a Detroit suburb in Michigan, as Alaa’s daughter Hind (4) plays beh(...)

Volunteers loading a container for Human Appeal Ireland. The aid is going into the region around Damascus where there has been a  large amount of displacement. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Mohammad Abouhajar (24) is one of the lucky ones and he knows it. A civil engineering student from near Aleppo in Syria, he was reunited with his f(...)

Syrian refugee Farid Majid carries his daughter, Silva, on his shoulders as his brother Ahmed Majid (left) and their family make their way to the Hungarian border, in Roszke, Serbia, on August 30th. An escalation in fighting in recent weeks is set to prompt a new wave of displaced Syrians.  Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

A tenuous truce in the Syrian countryside north of the city of Homs was shattered this month, when Russian war planes started to attack the village of(...)

A man inspects a  house  hit by what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, in the town of Marshamsha, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Saudi Arabia has responded militarily to the Russian and Iranian-supported Syrian army offensive in Homs and Aleppo provinces by providing anti-tank a(...)

EU Council president Donald Tusk (left) and European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker give a press briefing at the end of an EU Summit, in Brussels, Belgium, late 15th October 2015. Photograph: Olivier Hsolet/EPA

EU leaders have agreed to ease visa restrictions for Turkish citizens and accelerate EU’s accession negotiations as part of a joint plan with Ankara a(...)

Ghassan Ahmed Hussein, a Syrian refugee from Homs at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Amman. Ghassan lost both of his legs during shelling in Homs and is now undergoing rehabilitation. Photograph: Ted Nieters

Outside is a calm suburban street. Inside is a scene straight from a war-zone field hospital. Young men with amputated legs or severe bullet wounds sh(...)

The children of Halima Hawad Al Ali and Abdulmouti Al Ibrahim  at their home in Amman, Jordan. Photograph: Ted Nieters

On their small family farm in the countryside north of Aleppo, where Abdelmouti and his wife Halima grew just enough cotton and fruit to sustain their(...)

A Russian warship in the Caspian Sea launches missiles on Wednesday. The Russian Defence Ministry the warships of the Caspian Flotilla carried out massive strikes against Islamic State facilities in Syria. Photograph: EPA/Russian Defence Ministry

Ground troops loyal to president Bashar al-Assad have launched a major offensive in central Syria backed by Russian air strikes. It is an escalation i(...)

Uphill battle: the aftermath of air strikes in Kafr Nabel, a town in Idlib province. Photograph: Hadi al-Abdallah via AP

The timeline of Syria’s grinding civil war is dotted with illusory turning points. These were atrocities or grim milestones that the world assumed wou(...)