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Pro-government Syrian troops taking up positions during fighting with insurgents near Boukamal, on the Iraq-Syria border, November 8th, 2017. Videograb: Syrian Central Military Media/AP

The rout on Thursday by the Syrian army of Islamic State fighters from the eastern border town of Abu Kemal – their last stronghold in Syria – heralds(...)

Aleppo regeneration: solar-powered street lights in damaged eastern zone. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Syria may be the only country in recent times to rebuild before a devastating war ends. Aleppo, Syria’s former commercial powerhouse, has been transfo(...)

A general view of the US consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described the US’s move to cut back visa services at its mission in Turkey as “upsetting”, amid continued f(...)

Russian  sappers clearing the historic city of Palmyra of mines after it was recaptured from Isis. Photograph: TASS via Getty Images

This week marks the second anniversary of Russia’s direct armed intervention on the Syrian government side, which turned the tide in its favour in the(...)

Syrian Kurds wave the Kurdish flag, in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli during a gathering in support of the independence referendum in the  Kurdish region. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s most powerful Shia cleric, has called on Iraqi Kurds to “return to the path of the constitution” and end effort(...)

Kurds celebrate to show their support for the independence referendum in Duhok, Iraq, September 26th, 2017. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

The Iraqi government has rejected negotiations on secession of the Kurdish autonomous region and adjacent Kurdish annexed “disputed areas” following M(...)

Turkish protestors hold Turkish and Turkmen flags as they shout slogans against Kirkuk for taking part in the Kurdish referendum during a demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey on Sunday. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Iran halted flights to and from Kurdish regions in northern Iraq yesterday in retaliation to a plan by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (K(...)

Shoppers at the al-Qaysareyah market in Kirkuk, Iraq, ahead of the Kurdish independence vote. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/The New York Times

Iraqi Kurds are expected to vote for independence in Monday’s referendum, despite fierce opposition to the ballot from Baghdad and regional and intern(...)

Al-Ayadieh village, the last remaining active front line near Tal Afar, during an operation to retake the city from Islamic State. Photograph: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images

Politics impinges on all fronts in the campaign to oust Islamic State from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. All parties involved have their own agendas, which(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves a news conference in Berlin on Tuesday. Photogrph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said she sees no possibility for deepening EU co-operation with Ankara at present as the rule of law no longer exi(...)

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