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(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and his wife Asma (R) cast their votes in the country’s presidential elections at a polling station in Damascus today. Dr Assad is expected to record a landslide victory in the election, described by local rivals and international critics as a charade. Photograph: SANA/Handout via Reuters.

Waving photos of their leader and dancing with flags, tens of thousands of Syrians pledged renewed allegiance to president Bashar al-Assad today as th(...)

Syrian army soldiers loyal to president Bashar al-Assad walk on Hilan Hill, as smoke rises in the background from a village they claim to be shelling. Forces loyal to Dr Assad entered Aleppo’s main prison today. Photograph: George Ourfalian/Reuters

Syrian troops have broken a year-long rebel siege on Aleppo’s main prison after heavy fighting with al-Qaeda fighters and other Islamist brigades, the(...)

A portrait of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Damascus yesterday. Assad and two little-known challengers are the final three contenders for the presidential elections scheduled for June 3rd. Photograph: EPA/Youssef Badawi

Campaigning in Syria’s first multi-candidate presidential election began yesterday as al-Qaeda-linked insurgents continued to cut water supplies to Al(...)