A Russian warship in the Caspian Sea launches missiles on Wednesday. The Russian Defence Ministry the warships of the Caspian Flotilla carried out massive strikes against Islamic State facilities in Syria. Photograph: EPA/Russian Defence Ministry

Ground troops loyal to president Bashar al-Assad have launched a major offensive in central Syria backed by Russian air strikes. It is an escalation i(...)

People inspect the aftermath of an explosion in the al-Myassar neighbourhood of Aleppo, February 7th, 2015.The death toll in the Syria conflict now exceeds 210,000, according to a human rights organisation.  Reuters/Hosam Katan

The death toll after nearly four years of civil war in Syria has risen to 210,060 and the real figure is probably much higher, the Syrian Observatory (...)

Abu al-Taib, the leader of Ahbab Al-Mustafa Battalion, demonstrates to female members as he holds a gun during a military training in a mosque in the Seif El Dawla neighbourhood in Aleppo on Monday. Photograph: Muzaffar Salman/Reuters

An opposition monitoring group that has tracked Syria’s widening civil war said today that more than 100,000 people had died in the 27-month confli(...)

A man walks past damaged houses on a street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor, Syria. Photograph: Reuters

March was the bloodiest month yet in Syria’s two-year-old conflict with more than 6,000 documented deaths, a leading anti-regime activist (...)