Deir al-Zor

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Civilians evacuated from the Islamic State terror group’s  holdout of Baghouz wait at a screening area held by the US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, on Wednesday. Photograph:  Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

A mass grave containing the bodies of dozens of people killed by the Islamic State terror group, including many women, has been found in territory re(...)

A flag depicting Abdullah Öcalan, founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Washington’s Kurdish allies face the threat of Turkish invasion and occupation of the border zone they rule in Syria once US troops pull out of that c(...)

Muhammad Shakeel (33), a tailor from Sialkot, Pakistan, cooks  lamb stew for migrants staying at a derelict dormitory in Bihac, northwest Bosnia. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

They call it “the game”, and its risks and rewards can be life-changing. For thousands of migrants now gathered here in northwest Bosnia, winning the(...)

Lilwa al-Abdallah, spokeswoman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), i in Deir al-Zor, Syria, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Rodi Said/Reuters

US-backed Syrian militias on Tuesday relaunched their offensive to seize the last territory controlled by the Islamic State terror group in the east (...)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin   in Ankara for talks about the future of Syria. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/via AP

Turkey has emerged as a major player in the Syrian crisis, but trust in the Ankara government is in short supply. Damascus, Moscow and Tehran do not(...)

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters carry  a wounded colleague in Afrin, Syria. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Turkey’s six-week old invasion of the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin has put it on a collision course with both Russia and the United States. Ankar(...)

A Syrian man holds a wounded child at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, following air strikes by regime forces on the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Hamza Al-Ajweh/Getty Images

Why has the Syrian government launched an offensive in eastern Ghouta? Since most of the suburbs of Damascus have been returned to government control(...)

People walk on rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta in Damascus, Syria. Photograph: Reuters

The defeat of Islamic State’s territorial caliphate in Iraq and Syria has plunged Syria into fresh conflicts involving local and external forces form(...)

Smoke billows from the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor  during an operation by   Syrian government forces against Islamic State on Thursday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate was all but reduced on Friday to a pair of border towns at the Iraq-Syria frontier, where thousands of fight(...)

  UN special envoy  for Syria Staffan de Mistura: hopes progress can be achieved in talks between the Syrian government and militants  in Geneva after ceasefires have been agreed in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The Syrian army regained territory from Islamic State in central and eastern Syria on Wednesday as ceasefire talks got under way again in Kazakhstan.(...)

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