Syrian Arab Red Crescent ambulances evacuate fighters and civilians from the two besieged Shia towns of al-Foua and Kefraya in the mainly rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib. Photograph: Reuters

Buses evacuated several hundred fighters and civilians from two besieged areas in Syria on Monday under a deal between warring parties backed by the U(...)

Syrian children carry placards as they call for the lifting of the siege off Madaya and Zabadani towns in Syria, in front of the offices of the UN headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Ambulances and buses entered the besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Zadabani on Monday to ferry scores of the insurgents to Turkey under a deal broker(...)

Damaged buildings are pictured at night in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria. Photograph: Reuters

A UN-sponsored deal to evacuate more than 2,000 Islamic State fighters and other militants from rebel-held parts of south Damascus in Syria has been d(...)

 Samir Kuntar: killed, along with at least eight other militants, when a number of missiles hit a building in the Damascus suburb of Jaramana. Photograph: Joseph Barrak/AFP/Getty Images

Hizbullah says an Israeli air strike on a residential building in a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, killed Lebanese Druze militant Samir Kunt(...)

Smoke rises from the site of US-led air strikes in the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes have seized the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State (IS), giving the jihadists’ opponents an impo(...)

Talks with 17 nations at the Hotel Imperial on in Vienna, Austria on Friday . Photograph: Joe Klamar/Getty

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said multi-lateral talks on Friday on the Syrian crisis had failed to reach agreement over the fate of preside(...)

Smoke rises after what activists said was shelling by the forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Old Aleppo’s Kadi Askar area, Syria, August 1st, 2015. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State militants battled rival insurgent groups on Wednesday north of the city of Aleppo, where officials say the Syrian army is preparing an o(...)

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(...)

Chief of Staff Mark Mellett (left) warns over “enemies” of the State gaining advantage. Photograph: Alan Betson

Conor Lally Security and Crime Editor The Defence Forces needed to properly harness the “explosion” of data in modern society or risk making terroris(...)

Uphill battle: the aftermath of air strikes in Kafr Nabel, a town in Idlib province. Photograph: Hadi al-Abdallah via AP

The timeline of Syria’s grinding civil war is dotted with illusory turning points. These were atrocities or grim milestones that the world assumed wou(...)