Soldiers and civilians  loyal to the Syrian regime  gather as they place the Syrian national flag on a truck in Qusayr, after the Syrian army took control of the strategic city from rebel fighters yesterday.  Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The fall of rebel-held Qusayr is a major gain for Syrian government forces bolstered by veteran fighters of the Lebanese Shia Hizbullah movement. The (...)

Forces of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad are seen in Arjoun village near Qusayr town yesterday. Photograph: Rami Bleible/Reuters

Syrian rebels pleaded for military and medical aid in the embattled border town of Qusayr yesterday, saying they were unable to evacuate hundreds o(...)

Acting president of the Syrian National Coalition George Sabra: “Diplomatic solutions are a farce, meaningless.” Photograph:  Reuters/Murad Sezer

The viability of the Syria peace conference due to take place in Switzerland in about a fortnight has been thrown into question by the decision of the(...)

A Syrian army soldier during a battle against opposition fighters in the city of Qusayr, in Syria’s central Homs province. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

After the Syrian air force hammered rebel positions yesterday, elite Syrian Republican Guard troops and veteran Shia Hizbullah fighters joined battle (...)

A Lebanese army soldier walks on a patrol after being  in the northern port city of Tripoli. Photograph: Omar Ibrahim/Reuters

The northern Lebanese port of Tripoli has been caught up in the battle between Syrian troops bolstered by Lebanese Shia Hiz(...)