The scene after Russian air strikes in the town of Darat Izza in Syria. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

The largest al-Qaeda group in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, has called for terror attacks in Russia, while also urging strikes on Alawite villages and placi(...)

Lebanon’s Hizbullah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks as Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem (centre) and Iran’s minister of culture  Ali Jannati listen during the International Media Conference Against Terrorism in Damascus. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al- Assad yesterday welcomed “positive” changes in western attitudes to the conflict in the country – suggesting the United St(...)

Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu : said offensive that started on Friday morning would ‘never stop’. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey looks set to open a new chapter of its involvement in the Syria conflict, with prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Turkey has also announced that (...)

Long tradition of peacekeeping ... Irish soldiers boarding plane from Baldonnel   for Congo as part of the 1960 UN   mission. in which  nine would die in an ambush   at Niemba.

In an organisation as durable and complex as the United Nations, opportunities for reform do not come along very often. It is also singularly rare for(...)

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Islamic State fighters have withdrawn from most of the district south of Damascus that hosts the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp, leaving al-Qaeda a(...)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