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Smoke rises after an air strike on rebel-held Daraa al-Balad last Friday. Activists say regime forces backed by Russian warplanes have increased attacks. Photograph: Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces are intensifying attacks on rebel areas, days after the US fired a salvo of missiles at one of the regime’s (...)

The Riyadh-sponsored opposition High Negotiations Committee  celebrated the US strikes and reasserted its demand for President Bashar al-Assad’s removal.

As US cruise missiles struck a key air base near Homs, Syrian flags flew from public buildings to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the rul(...)

A Syrian child receives treatment after an alleged chemical attack, at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province, northern Syria. Photograph:  EPA

UN war crimes examiners say they are investigating a suspected poison gas attack that killed more than 50 people in a rebel-held area of northern Syri(...)

Syrian girls at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, which shelters some 80,000 Syrian refugees on the border with the war-ravaged country. Photograph:  Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

The number of people fleeing Syria’s civil war to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt has passed the five million mark, data from the UN refugee a(...)

UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura  is welcomed by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov during their meeting in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

Syrian government and opposition teams begin a fifth round of talks in Geneva on Thursday in an effort to end six years of war that has killed 350,000(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin in Moscow in 2015. Photograph: Reuters

The fall of eastern Aleppo to the Syrian army and its allies is a turning point in the protracted civil war, and the wider proxy war. Regime loyalis(...)

Syrian residents fleeing the conflict that has so far taken some 400,000 lives, displaced 11 million people and left much of Syria ravaged beyond all recognition. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Syrian government forces were poised to retake control of Aleppo on Tuesday night after years of bombardment and a four-month siege in the rebel(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad  with the apostolic nuncio to Syria, Cardinal Mario Zenari, in Damascus on Monday. According to media reports, Cardinal Zenari handed Mr Assad a letter from Pope Francis expressing his heartfelt sympathy for Syria and its people and asserting the Vatican’s condemnation of all forms of extremism and terrorism. Photograph: EPA/Sana

The fight for Aleppo is almost at an end. The clusters of desperate Syrians who remain huddled in the last rebel redoubt face an imminent reckoning , (...)

Medical staff treat a girl in a hospital in the southern city of Deraa after a rocket fired at government-held areas hit a primary school, killing at least six, according to offocial news agency SANA and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group. Photograph: SANA via AP

Russian jets resumed heavy bombing of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Tuesday after several days of relative calm, a rebel official and the Britain-based(...)

Syrians  outside the Omayyad Mosque in central Damascus. In many areas of Syria life continues as usual.  Photograph:  Joseph Eid/AFP

Syria is two lands linked by bombs: the house of relative peace and the house of war. In Damascus, Homs, Hama, and the coastal cities, Syrians live no(...)

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