An Irish  member of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (gestures in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.  Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

The Irish military’s status as being among the best peacekeepers and peace-enforcers in the world might seem like a tired cliché. There was nothing ti(...)

Members of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force  ride armoured personnel carriers  past Israel soldiers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights before crossing into Syria yesterday. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the UN mandate under which Irish troops are serving in the Golan Heights will have to be re-evaluated in light of deteri(...)

Children, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, breathe through oxygen masks in the Damascus suburb of Saqba. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

The areas targeted in a suspected chemical attack on Wednesday morning have been thorns in the side of the Syrian regime since the first protests brok(...)

Maen Salah-Eddin Ali is sworn in as new governor of Quneitra city before Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad (right) in Damascus today. The latest fighting is further evidence that the conflict between rebels and president Bashar al-Assad’s forces that has engulfed Syria since early 2011 has splintered into turf wars that have little to do with removing him.  Photograph: Sana/Reuters

Kurdish fighters have seized control of a Syrian town on the border with Turkey and are battling Islamist rebel groups linked to al-Qaeda for control (...)

Soldiers loyal to the Syrian regime gesture while on their military vehicle in the village of Debaa near Qusayr. Photograph: Rami Bleible/Reuters

The Syrian army yesterday capitalised on its capture of the strategic town of Qusayr from rebel forces by seizing control of neighbouring villages. M(...)

Civilians and forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad celebrate in Qusayr after the forces took control of the town from rebel fighters. Photograph:  Rami Bleibel/Reuters

Syrian troops backed up by tanks and armoured vehicles yesterday recaptured the Quneitra crossing-point on the ceasefire line between Syria and the(...)