Residents wait in line to receive food aid in Yarmouk camp. Fighting between militants over control of the camp has only compounded the misery of residents already suffering from acute shortages of food, clean water and power. Photograph: Moayad Zaghmout/Reuters

Islamic State fighters have withdrawn from most of the district south of Damascus that hosts the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, leaving al-Qaeda a(...)

Palestinian supporters of the Fatah Youth Movement hold posters and placards during a demonstration outside the Red Cross building in Jerusalem in solidarity with the Palestinians living in Syria’s Yarmouk camp.  Islamic State  has  seized large parts of the refugee camp. Photograph: Ahmad GharablI/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State (IS) extremists were trying to consolidate their hold on Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus yesterday after three days of cla(...)

Beyond inhumanity

Syria’s civil war has produced so many horrors and atrocities over the past four years that each new outrage struggles to gain the attention of a crue(...)

 Palestinian families  at a makeshift centre in Damascus, Syria, after being evacuated from Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus. Photograph: EPA/SANA

The UN agency for refugees has made an urgent plea for humanitarian access to the Damascus suburb of Yarmouk, which was invaded last week by Islamic S(...)

Fighters from a coalition of Islamist forces walk  in the Syrian city of Idlib, the second provincial capital to fall from government control. Photograph:  Zein Al-Rifai/AFP/Getty Images

There are more than 25,000 foreign fighters from 100 countries taking part in conflicts in Syria and Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya – an increase of(...)

EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

The breakthrough in negotiations between Iran and the five permanent Security Council members plus Germany, could enable Iran to reach political and e(...)

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(...)

Bilal El Makhoukhi (L) and Michael Delefortrie (R), who are suspected of being part of Sharia4Belgium, arrive for the verdict in the trial of the group in Antwerp. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A Belgian court jailed the head of Sharia4Belgium for 12 years on Wednesday, ruling that his Islamist group was a terrorist organisation that brainwas(...)

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(...)