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This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows anti-aircraft fire in the sky after US-led airstrikes targeting different parts of the Syrian capital Damascus. Photograph: SANA/AP

The United States, France and Britain have bombed a number of government installations in Syria, launching more than 100 missiles against targets they(...)

Displaced people from a village in southern Idlib head on the Damascus-Aleppo motorway towards the northern part of the rebel-held province on January 5th. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey called on Russia and Iran on Wednesday to pressure Syrian authorities to halt a military offensive in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, which(...)

The chief foreign beneficiary of Donald Trump’s insularity was Vladimir Putin, who has used his new strength in the Middle East as a springboard to bring Russia back to the geopolitical top table.  Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images
Demons unleashed

Across the western world in 2017, the defining ideological divide was not between left and right, but open versus closed. It was that cleavage – natio(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. They  appear to have made progress on the sale of an advanced Russian S-400 air missile defence system to Turkey. Photograph: Getty Images

When Donald Trump took office in January, a popular question was who among world leaders would fill the vacuum created by Washington’s inward turn. Wh(...)

Vladimir Putin’s one-day tour of the Middle East on Monday may not in itself have altered the regional dynamic, but it underlined two important and re(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “If the terrorists again raise their heads, we will deal such blows to them they have never seen,” he said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.  Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday and ordered the Russian military to begin a partial withdrawal from the w(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony marking Navy Day in Kaliningrad in July  2015. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images

Question: what do Tartus, Crimea and Kaliningrad have in common, and why is this single commonality key to understanding the wars in Syria and Ukraine(...)

A Syrian man  sits on the rubble of destroyed buildings following a government forces air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan al-Basha in the northern city of Aleppo. Photograph: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

Five years in and perhaps a half a million dead, it’s difficult to see any solutions to the Syrian conflict forthcoming. But there are four crucial (...)

Syrian army soldiers inspect the damage at the site of two explosions that hit the Arzouna bridge area at the entrance to Tartous, Syria. Photograph: Sana/Handout via Reuters

Explosions in government-controlled areas of Syria and a province held by Kurdish militia killed dozens on Monday, while the United States and Russia(...)

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and  Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin: Co-operation between Moscow and Ankara was agreed by  Putin and  Erdogan who is angered over western criticism of his policies and seeking realignment. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP

Russia’s announcement of its intention to establish a permanent base near Syria’s port of Latakia and the decision of Moscow and Ankara to conduct joi(...)

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