Left-wing rotesters with their face hidden, wait in front of a barricade during clashes with Turkish riot police in Istanbul’s Gazi district. Photograph: Ozan Koseozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images 1:08

Kurdish fighters in northern Syria accused the Turkish army of shelling their positions on Monday, highlighting the precarious path Ankara is treading(...)

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 (...)

US defence secretary Ashton Carter meeting Saudi King Salman (right) at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AFP/Getty Images

US defence secretary Ash Carter said after talks in Saudi Arabia that Iran’s “potential for aggression” was a shared concern as he moved to bolster d(...)

People make victory signs during the funeral ceremony of victims of a suicide bomb attack on Monday in Suruc, Turkey, blamed on Islamic State. Experts are questioning the assumption, however, that Islamic State’s defeat is inevitable. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State uses terror to force obedience and frighten enemies. It has seized territory, destroyed antiquities, slaughtered minorities, forced wom(...)

Smoke rises from what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad on locations controlled by Islamic State militants in Hasaka city, Syria earlier this week. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

A Syrian army air strike on an Islamic State-controlled town in northern Syria has killed at least 28 people including three children, a monitoring g(...)

Syrian Kurds from Kobani wait behind border fences to cross into Turkey. Photograph: Reuters/Murad Sezer

Islamic State fighters have launched simultaneous attacks against Syrian government and Kurdish militia forces, moving back on to the offensive after (...)

Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters stand at the Syrian-Turkish border crossing of Tel Abyad, as vehicles transport people who were wounded in violence, which activists said was caused by Islamic State fighters in Kobani, Syria on Thursday. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Islamic State fighters launched simultaneous attacks against the Syrian government and Kurdish militia overnight, moving back onto the offensive after(...)

 Members of Kurdish People Defence Units (YPG) on guard near the Tel Abyad border gate, northern Syria, June 23rd, 2015. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Kurdish-led forces in Syria seized a town from Islamic State on Tuesday after capturing a military base overnight, aided by US-led air strikes in some(...)