Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobani, seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc, as Turkish soldiers stand guard on the Turkish side in Sanliurfa province. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Islamist militants attacking a Syrian border town fought some of their heaviest battles so far with Kurdish forces today, a local official said, and f(...)

The mother (right) of Lebanese soldier Ali Ahmed Hammadi al-Kharrat, who was killed by a bomb near the border town of Arsal, mourns with relatives at his coffin during his funeral in Sidon. Photograph: Ali Hashisho/Reuters

Fortified checkpoints manned by bored Lebanese soldiers surround the south Beirut suburbs known as the Dahiyeh, a stronghold of the Shia Hizbullah mov(...)

The stench of raw sewage mixed with the perfume of spent aircraft fuel and the salty scent of the Mediterranean greets visitors leaving Lebanon’s inte(...)

 A grab picture from Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV shows Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah giving a televised address.

Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia yesterday confirmed their warplanes took part in US-led air raids on Islamic State (IS) targets in S(...)

Embroiled: President Obama ordered air strikes in Iraq this week; missiles were loaded on fighter jets aboard a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

In October 2002, while still a state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama delivered a speech in which he opposed any US invasion of Iraq, declaring, “(...)

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whose group has been helping Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad fight a Sunni Islamist-dominated insurgency, said Islamic State could easily recruit in other areas where its hardline ideology exists. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The leader of Lebanese Shia group Hizbullah described the radical Islamist movement that has seized territory in Iraq and Syria as a growing “monster”(...)

Bashar al-Assad reviews the guard of honour on his arrival at his swearing in ceremony at the presidential palace in Damascus on Wednesday. He was elected for another seven-year term with 88.7 per cent of the vote in an election in June. Photograph: EPA/Sana

Bashar al-Assad has been sworn in for a third term as Syria’s president, defiantly scorning enemies at home and abroad and claiming victory over those(...)

An fighter from the Islamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra  talks on a walkie-talkie on the  frontline in northern Idlib province. Photograph: Hamid Khatib/Reuters

From his base in Damascus, Bashar al-Assad can contemplate a broad sweep of Syria clawed back from rebels who once threatened to drive him out. (...)

People work in a field near Aleppo in Syria. Some 6.5 million Syrians could require emergency rations, the World Food Programme has warned. Photograph: Nour Kelze/Reuters

The World Food Programme has warned that war-torn Syria is facing a drought that could threaten the lives of (...)

A Free Syrian Army trainer addresses  fighters as he conducts a demonstration on how to use anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons at a training camp in the northern countryside of Aleppo, Syria, yesterday. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

At least 150,000 people have been killed in Syria’s three-year civil war, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ha(...)