Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad was told to ‘step aside’ by US president Barack Obama in 2011. Photograph: EPA

The Syrian crisis might have been resolved in 2011 if US president Barack Obama had not declared on August 18th that year that his Syrian counterpart (...)

 Walid Muallem, Deputy Prime Minister of Syria:  will head the government delegation to UN-brokered peace talks. Photograph: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images

Syrian foreign minister Walid Muallem has been invited to head the government delegation to UN-brokered peace talks due to open in Geneva on Friday, R(...)

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and US ambassador to France Jane Hartley, pay tribute to the victims of November 13th terror attacks in Paris, at the Place de la Republique. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The French writer and statesman André Malraux allegedly predicted that “the 21st century will be a century of religion or it will not be at all.” Th(...)

Displaced people, who fled the violence from Islamic State-controlled area of al-Bab, warm themselves around a fire as they wait in the Syrian village of Akda to cross into Turkey on Saturday. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

At least 63 people, including nine children, have died in air strikes believed to be carried out by Russian warplanes on a town in eastern Syria, the (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry   with Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Asked if he was concerned that a delay might lead to a loss of momentum, Mr Kerry  said: “There is not going to be a fundamental delay.” Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AFP/Getty Images

Talks to end Syria’s civil war may be slightly delayed but are expected to go ahead next week, US secretary of state John Kerry said yesterday. They (...)

Children stand next to a burnt-outvehicle during during clases in Mosul in June 2014 between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State. The terror group’s revenues are reported to have fallen from a peak of €2 billion in that year. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State has cut by half the salaries of its fighters and employees due to “exceptional circumstances”, the terrorist group’s treasury ministry h(...)

British citizen Mohammed Emwazi, known as ‘Jihadi John’, brandishes a knife in a 2014 video obtained from SITE Intel Group on February 26th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters

An Islamic State magazine has released a eulogy for ‘Jihadi John’, a member of the militant group who gained notoriety for his filmed execution of hos(...)

Displaced Yazidi children flee violence from forces loyal to  Islamic State in Sinjar town on August 11th, 2014. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

In a residential apartment block in a fashionable new estate in Duhok, in Iraqi Kurdistan, the German foreign office has set up a makeshift consulate (...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter places a shell before firing it towards Islamic State fighters in the northern Aleppo countryside, Syria.  Aleppo’s eastern quarters are held by insurgents while Isis has a presence in the countryside east and south of the city.   Photograph: Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov are due to meet in Zurich on Wednesday to try to settle differences between(...)

Islamic State captured ground from Syrian government forces near the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Monday, a group monitoring the war said, pressing (...)