Turkish tanks in the northern Syrian town of Kobani this week. The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, backed by US-led air strikes,  drove Islamic State from the town last month. Photograph: Mursel Coban/Depo Photos/Reuters

Kurdish militia pressed a big offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mo(...)

Islamic State militants have targeted religous minorities they view as apostates including Assyrian Christians, Yazidis (above) and Shia Muslims. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Kurdish militia pressed a big offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mou(...)

Turkish soldiers stand guard at the entrance of the memorial site of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of Osman I, founder of the Ottoman Empire, in Karakozak village, northeast of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: AP Photo

Turkish tanks backed by drones and reconnaissance planes entered Syria overnight to evacuate several dozen Turkish soldiers. The soldiers were guardin(...)

A rebel fighter from the Free Syrian Army’s Al Rahman legion covers his ears during the launching of a mortar at the frontline against forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the besieged town of Arbeen in the eastern Ghouta of Damascus. Photograph: Yousef Homs/Reuters.

United Nations war crimes investigators plan to publish names of suspects involved in Syria’s four-year war and push for new ways to bring them to ju(...)

At least 70 Syrian army soldiers and 86 insurgents have reportedly died in clashes during an offensive to cut off insurgent supply lines in Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

As fighting surged north of Aleppo yesterday, United Nations envoy Staffan de Mistura said the Syrian government was prepared to suspend aerial bomba(...)

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad  gives an interview to the BBC  in Damascus on Tuesday. Mr Assad said in an interview that Damascus receives “information” about air strikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Syria. Photograph: AFP

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said third parties including Iraq were conveying information to Damascus about the US-led campaign of air strikes aga(...)

People inspect the aftermath of an explosion in the al-Myassar neighbourhood of Aleppo, February 7th, 2015.The death toll in the Syria conflict now exceeds 210,000, according to a human rights organisation.  Reuters/Hosam Katan

The death toll after nearly four years of civil war in Syria has risen to 210,060 and the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory (...)

Men chant outside a social hall in Amman, Jordan, with a picture of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh after a video of his purported execution was released by IS. Photograph: Warrick Page/The New York Times)

The brutal murder by Islamic State (IS) of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh has shocked and stunned Jordan which was, until yesterday, of two minds (...)

Mourners carrying the body of King Abdullah during his funeral at Riyadh’s Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque. AFP/Getty Images

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died aged 90 after a short illness. The news, announced late on Thursday on state television, came after the king wa(...)

An airstrike from US-led coalition in the city of Kobani, Syria, in November. Islamic State laid siege to Kobani, in September.  The fighting continues with most residents having fled but the city is being defended by the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Last September nine Arab states agreed at a meeting in Jeddah to join the US-led military campaign against Islamic State jihadis in Iraq and Syria, bu(...)