A Free Syrian Army soldier mans an anti-aircraft weapon on the back of a truck in old Aleppo on Thursday. Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters

The Saudi-sponsored fundamentalist Islamic Front and Jabhat al-Nusra killed 15 civilians from Syria’s Alawite and Druze minorities in the central c(...)

Foreign ministers conduct a meeting of the ‘London 11’, from the Friends of Syria Core Group, in Lancaster House, London. Photograph: Oli Scarff/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The Syrian opposition yesterday refused to commit fully to proposed peace talks scheduled for the end of next month in Geneva in spite of the effor(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) leans towards Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu while speaking to the media at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, Israel, yesterday. Kerry sent a strong warning to Syria, saying “the threat of force is real” if it does not carry out an internationally brokered agreement to hand over its chemical weapons. Photograph: Larry Downing/AP Photo

Syrian reconciliation minister Ali Haidar has called the US- Russian agreement to assume control of and destroy the country’s chemical arsenal “a vict(...)

In this image from video footage by Russian state television RU24, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview in Damascus yesterday.

Syria yesterday applied to sign up to the global ban on chemical weapons, with the UN confirming it had received its application to join the Chemical (...)

Lebanese security forces stand outside the Turkish Airlines office in downtown Beirut yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Hasan Shaaban

Turkey urged its citizens to leave Lebanon after a militant group claimed the abduction early yesterday of two Turkish airline pilots travelling in a (...)

The military continued its offensive in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, targeting the northern Sheikh Maqsud and the central Suleiman al-Halabi districts. Photograph: Reuters/George Ourfalian

Syrian insurgents have received fresh supplies of weapons that could halt recent advances made by government forces, according to Selim Idriss, head o(...)

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, left, speaks during an interview with a German newspaper in Damascus. Photograph: Reuters/Sana/Handout

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned Britain and France against arming rebels fighting his government, which he said would turn the Middle East(...)

Forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad carry the national flag as they ride on motorcycles in Qusayr, after the Syrian army took control from rebel fighters yesterday.  Photograph: Reuters/Mohammed Azakir

Syrian troops and their Lebanese Shia Hizbullah allies yesterday took control of the strategic Syrian border town of Qusayr, routing thousands of rebe(...)

British and French insistence on having the right to supply weapons to Syrian opposition forces has prevented a renewal of the European Union’s consen(...)

Damage is seen in what appears to be a chicken farm following the air strike near Damascus. Photograph: Sana/handout via Reuters

Thirty-six hours after Israel’s airstrikes on military targets near Damascus, the thunder claps of an army artillery barrage rolled acro(...)