Lebanon’s Hizbullah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks as Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem (centre) and Iran’s minister of culture  Ali Jannati listen during the International Media Conference Against Terrorism in Damascus. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al- Assad yesterday welcomed “positive” changes in western attitudes to the conflict in the country – suggesting the United St(...)

President Assad described the regime’s surrender of territory as a question of priorities, given its limited resources. Photograph: Getty

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has admitted his regime has a shortage of soldiers and has suffered military setbacks. In his first public speech for(...)

A handout picture released on the official Facebook page of the Syrian presidency shows president Bashar al-Assad giving a speech. Photograph: Getty

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday his army had been forced to give up areas in order to hold onto more important ones in its fight with (...)

Syrian refugees shelter near the Turkish border post of Akcakale. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

For 2,000 kilometres along Turkey’s southern plains, there are Syrians in fields and valleys, at lonely roadside truck stops, in seaside city parks an(...)

A Syrian refugee from the northern Syrian town of Tel Abyad and her children  waiting for aid in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, Turkey. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Islamic State (IS) fighters are preventing fuel shipments from reaching rebel-held parts of northern Syria, causing severe shortages that are paralysi(...)

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 (...)

A man walks  debris caused by fighting in the Syrian war in Ain Tarma in the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Bassam Khabieh/Reuters.

At least 191,369 people had been killed in Syria’s conflict through April, more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an un(...)

People work in a field near Aleppo in Syria. Some 6.5 million Syrians could require emergency rations, the World Food Programme has warned. Photograph: Nour Kelze/Reuters

The World Food Programme has warned that war-torn Syria is facing a drought that could threaten the lives of (...)

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 Syrian Alawite refugee woman sits with her children in a tent at the courtyard of Pirsultan Abdal Cemevi in Istanbul on October 11th last. Turkey has registered more than 600,000 Syrian refugees. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Syrian refugees detained by Greek police last month say they were beaten and denied food and water during a 12-hour detention period. “Mohammad”, a m(...)