Crac des Chevaliers, an 11th century crusader castle in Syria which has been reclaimed by the country’s department of antiquities, having been seized by insurgents in 2012. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Syria’s department of antiquities has reclaimed the vast 11th- century crusader castle Crac des Chevaliers from the army and taken charge of the si(...)

Syrian opposition leader Khaled Khoja speaks after a meeting in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Since unrest erupted in Syria in mid-March 2011, opposition figures and factions have multiplied and mutated on the political level, making common act(...)

An Islamic State loyalist in Raqqa, Syria, on June 29th, 2014. Men who live in the IS-controlled city told The Irish Times the city has “no government”. Photograph: Reuters

Passengers exhausted by their long journey sit on the kerb or lounge against the buses that have brought them to Damascus from Raqqa in north central (...)

Syrian authorities have flattened seven residential districts to punish civilians living in areas that had previously housed rebel fighters, says Human Rights Watch. Photograph: Saad AboBrahim/Reuters

Syrian authorities have flattened seven residential districts to punish civilians living among rebels who had already fled, Human Rights Watch (HRW) s(...)

A man carries bread as he walks past damaged buildings in Aleppo’s al-Ansari al-Sharqi neighborhood December on Monday. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo

A suicide bomber killed four people and wounded 17 yesterday in central Damascus as radical fundamentalists tightened their grip on the ancient Christ(...)

Syria’s deputy Syrian foreign minister Faisal Mekdad said yesterday the government would attend the US-Russian-sponsored peace conference set to conve(...)

Children sit in the street as a baby drinks milk in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters

The war grumbles and growls from the suburbs and occasionally intrudes with deadly mortar strikes and car bombs, demanding attention and disrupting Da(...)

Syrian children from Aleppo at Bab al Hara restaurant in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph:  John Wreford

At the southwest corner of the looming Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, a small corner of Syria has recently sprung up.Bab al-Hara, named after the hugely po(...)

A Syrian military soldier holds his Ak-47 with a sticker of president Bashar Assad and Arabic that reads, “Syria is fine,” as he stands guard at a checkpoint on Baghdad Street in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

“I’m so sorry I cannot invite you to my home to eat and drink,” says Sameer Qardan (66) with an apologetic smile. “I would love to host you properly. (...)

A man points towards a burning car, caused by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad, in the Duma neighborhood of Damascus. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters.

A car bomb killed at least seven people and wounded 62 when it exploded on the edge of the Syrian capital Damascus today, state media reported.State (...)