A site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the Dahra Awad neighbourhood of Aleppo. Photograph: Firas Badawi/Reuters

Damascus yesterday announced that the presidential election would be held on June 3rd(...)

Syrian deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad is flanked by police officers after the second round of talks between Syrian government and opposition at UN HQ in Geneva. Photograph: Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

The Syrian government and opposition delegations participating in UN-brokered talks aimed at ending the country’s civil war are unevenly matched. Whil(...)

Gen Salim Idriss: within days of the Islamic Front’s takeover of a 
major 
strategic border crossing linking Syria and Turkey, the US government announced it would halt non-humanitarian support to the Supreme Military Council, which is led by the general. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

The last chance for an alignment between the US and Syrian rebel forces ahead of talks slated for Geneva next month appear to have disappeared. On Wed(...)

People walk along a street in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood. Fighting between insurgents and pro-government forces was reported to be raging in the city yesterday. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters

Syrian government forces have carried out a widespread and systematic campaign of enforced disappearances of people to terrorise the population, a com(...)

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus yesterday. He said his country had defences that would “suprise” its antagonists. Photograph: AP

Western envoys have told opposition Syrian National Coalition leaders in Istanbul to expect strikes on Damascus within days, as Syrian foreign ministe(...)

We’ve been preparing this week’s column for close to a year. Delayed, delayed again, drastically rewritten, its budget soaring madly out of control, W(...)