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A couple sit in a park in Damascus after the US, UK and France attacked three sites said to be related to Syria’s chemical weapons programme. Photograph: Ali Hashisho

My driver Moutaz was upbeat during the drive from Beirut to Damascus. “My brother’s son has come home after seven years in the army. I know of other s(...)

Suspected Islamic State members imprisoned just south of Mosul, in Iraq, in July 2017: Isis reveals it has taken into account the defeat of the “caliphate”. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

Islamic State spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir has called upon the group’s fighters to focus on the Arab world rather than mount operations further afi(...)

 Smoke  rising from the Isis-held al-Hajar al-Aswad  neighbourhood in  south  Damascus following a government air strike. Photograph: EPA/Youssef Badawi

Air strikes pounded a jihadist-held area near Damascus on Sunday, as the Syrian government stepped up efforts to wipe out the insurgency’s last footho(...)

 People walk in the recently recaptured Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Youssef  Badawi/EPA

A team of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has visited a site in Douma, Syria, to collect samples as it(...)

Smoke rises from the Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus on Friday. Photograph: Ali Hashisho/Reuters

The Syrian army has bombarded jihadis and other rebels in the last area outside government control near Damascus, as President Bashar al-Assad moved t(...)

 Russian soldiers and Syrian government forces oversee the evacuation of rebel fighters from the Army of Islam and their families from the town of Dumayr, northeast of Damascus, on Thursday. Photograph Sana (official Syrian news agency)/via AP)

The Syrian government stepped up its efforts on Thursday to retake the opposition’s last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one an(...)

Kurdish people living in Greece  protesting at    EU offices in Athens on April 11th,  They were calling for international intervention for Kurds in the Syrian city of Afrin.  Photograph: Getty Images

Turkey has castigated the Arab League for demanding the withdrawal of the Turkish army and allied Syrian militias from the Kurdish Afrin district in S(...)

The former rebel Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus pictured  on Tuesday,  after the Syrian army declared  all anti-regime forces had left Eastern Ghouta. Douma was also the site of a recent alleged chemical weapons attack.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

It is not clear when an Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons fact-finding mission will be able to travel safely to Douma, the Syrian c(...)

 Russian military police officers check a weapons factory left behind by members of the Army of Islam group, in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack. Photograph: Hassan Ammar/AP

International inspectors have entered the Syrian town where an alleged chemical attack was carried out earlier this month, following delays by Syrian (...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May  in the House of Commons yesterday.

Chemical weapons have been used more than 50 times in Syria’s ghastly civil war, according to international investigators, only occasionally attractin(...)

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