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Syrian children in the neighbourhood of Jobar,   Damascus. Photograph: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images

After five years of hearing the roar of the war from the suburbs and counting daily mortar strikes in the capital, Damascenes’ spirits are buoyed by b(...)

A Syrian government forces recruit sits near a destroyed building in al-Qaryatain, a town in the province of Homs in central Syria, after Syrian troops regained control from Islamic State on April 3rd. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

An hour’s drive from Homs on the road to al-Qaryatain lies the Old Testament village of Sadad, said to be the world’s oldest. Two elderly men in dark (...)

Syrian soldiers on motorbike in Qaryatain, central Syria on Monday. In the eastern province of Deir al-Zor that borders Iraq,  Islamic State fighters were  trying to capture the heavily defended airport located south of Deir al-Zor city. Photograph: Natalia Sancha/AP

Islamic State militants attacked Syrian army troops with mustard gas in an offensive against a Syrian military airport in the eastern province of Deir(...)

Migrants are escorted by Turkish police as they arrive by ferry from the Greek island of Lesbos at Dikili port in Turkey on Monday. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

In the seaside village of Dikili, locals stroll along a corniche, fishermen idly cast their lines into the crystal-clear water and pensioners play ca(...)

Palmyra citadel: when  Syrian troops took back Palmyra from Islamic State they found the extremists have caused wide damage and demolished invaluable statues. Photograph: Sana via AP

Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes battled Islamic State insurgents around Palmyra on Monday, trying to extend their gains after t(...)

A general view taken yesterday shows part of the remains of the Arc de Triomph monument in Palmyra. Photograph: Al Mounes/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s armed forces have driven Islamic State militants out of Palmyra, recapturing the city of Roman ruins as part of a regional push that is puttin(...)

A general view shows the remains of the entrance to the iconic Temple of Bel that was destroyed by Islamic State group jihadists in September 2015. Photograph: AFP

Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian air support drove Islamic State out of Palmyra on Sunday, inflicting what the army called a “mortal b(...)

Ibrahim el-Bakraoui: he and his brother blew themselves up in separate attacks in Brussels. Photograph: Haberturk /AFP/Getty

The origins of Islamic State, the network behind both the Brussels bombings and November’s onslaught in Paris, stretch back some three years to before(...)

Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, a senior Islamic State leader in charge of the group’s finances as well as some plots and external affairs. Photograph: handout/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State fighters were on the retreat in the strategic Syrian city of Palmyra on Friday, as the United States said it probably killed several sen(...)

An Islamic State fighter fires a weapon in this still image taken from a video said to be taken on the outskirts of Palmyra. Photograph: Reuters

By bombing Brussels this week and Paris last November, while suffering strategic setbacks in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State is both lashing out against(...)

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