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 (...)

Syrian war planes on Friday bombed Islamic State fighters trying to advance into the northeastern city of Hasaka on Friday.  The IS attack follows heavy defeats this last month for the group in the northeast by the  Kurdish People’s Protection Units (pictured). Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters.

Syrian war planes on Friday bombed Islamic State fighters trying to advance into the northeastern city of Hasaka in an offensive that is adding to the(...)

A man holds an injured boy after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and hit a school and a residential building in Seif al-Dawla neighborhood of Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

Syrian government forces are targeting civilians in barrel bomb attacks in Aleppo that have forced hospitals and schools to move underground, Amnesty(...)

A file image of an explosion that occurred  after an apparent US-led coalition airstrike on Islamic State targets near Kobani in Syria last week. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA.

A US-led coalition set up to fight Islamic State has bombed the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and another radical faction in northwest Syria. The(...)

Newly arrived Syrian Kurdish refugees wait with their belongings after crossing into Turkey from the Syrian border town of Kobani. Photograph: Getty Images

Islamic State fighters seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group said on Thursday, as U.S.-led air strikes fail(...)

 US president Barack Obama makes a statement on US and allied airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, from the South Lawn of the White House, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

President Barack Obama praised the handful of Arab nations that supported America’s first air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants inside Syr(...)

The advance of Islamic State. Map: Irish Times Premedia/Reuters 1:41

The United States, along with a handful of Arab countries, launched the first air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, killing scores of Is(...)

US president Barack Obama who has authorised surveillance flights over Syria, a precursor to potential airstrikes there. Photograph: Reuters

President Barack Obama has authorized surveillance flights over Syria, a precursor to potential airstrikes there, but a mounting concern for the White(...)

The offices of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)  in The Hague, The Netherlands. The last batch of Syria’s chemical weapons was removed from the country today to be destroyed, the international chemical weapons watchdog said. Photograph: Evert Jan-Daniels/EPA.

The last batch of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s declared chemical weapons have been sent out of Syria for destruction. The news came as opponent(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad  and his wife Asma al-Assad cast their votes in the presidential elections at martyr Na’em Ma’asarani School in al-Malki neighborhood in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Sana

Damascenes flock to a multiplicity of neighbourhood polling stations to cast ballots in Syria’s first ever multi-candidate presidential election, whic(...)