Iraqi security forces take position with their weapons during clashes with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in province of Anbar on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Al-Qaeda’s general command said today it had no links with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in an apparent attempt to reassert its aut(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter plays with a dog along a street in Deir al-Zor. The Syrian government excluded the largely rebel-held province  - where polio broke out this year - from a 2012 vaccination campaign. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters.

The Syrian government excluded the largely rebel-held province of Deir al-Zor - where polio broke out this year - from a 2012 vaccination campaign. Au(...)

A boy looks at the drawings on a wall in Raqqa province, east Syria, June 4, 2013. The drawing reads ’ Homs is bleeding’. Photograph:Nour Kelze /Reuters

France said today it was certain that the nerve agent sarin has been used in Syria on several occasions following tests it has carried out on samples (...)

Syrian army soldiers  prepare for an offensive in Aleppo’s Liramoun area yesterday. Photograph: George Ourfalian/Reuters

The Group of Eight foreign ministers meeting in London yesterday continued to disagree over Syria, calling for greater humanitarian aid for the(...)