Deir ez-Zor

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Paramedics carry a wounded person from the rubble of a mosque in Kilis, Turkey, near the border with Syria on Wednesday. Photograph: Can Erok/DHA-Depo Photos via AP

Turkey urged the United States on Thursday to halt its support for Kurdish YPG fighters or risk confronting Turkish forces on the ground in Syria, so(...)

Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) sit in a house in Raqqa, Syria. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

US-backed forces encircling Raqqa expect the fight to oust the remnants of Islamic State from its most symbolic Syrian stronghold to take at least thr(...)

Migrants walk past French policemen to climb in buses as they leave the Jules Ferry reception centre, next to the recently demolished “Jungle” in Calais. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

Alawi (17), a quiet, polite, shy young man from Syria, has lost his entire family. From the Deir ez-Zor region, scene of intense internecine fighting (...)

Migrants and refugees at the terminal in Piraeus port: Greece has developed into a bottleneck as more than 30,000 people try to get farther into the EU. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty

Deliveries were brisk as a steady stream of citizens and trucks bearing recognisable brand names arrived at the rear of E1 terminal building in Piraeu(...)

Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait for tents in Bab-Al Salam, near the Turkish border crossing. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

The arrival of 40,000 refugees at the Turkish border north of Aleppo is a sign of how dramatically the dynamic of the conflict has shifted since Russi(...)

The Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, which was reportedly overrun by Islamic State fighters. Photograph: Ahmad Aboud/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State fighters have seized more than 400 civilians after capturing new ground in a major assault on the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, according (...)

The citadel at Aleppo.

It was my first experience of crossing a land border in the Middle East, although in the following months I would become breezily familiar with the(...)

US deputy secretary of state Antony J Blinken gives a joint press conference following a meeting with foreign affairs members of the anti-Islamic State coalition in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/ Stephane De Sakutin

Despite ample evidence to the contrary, Washington continues to insist that the coalition fighting Islamic State is pursuing what US deputy secreta(...)

 Syrians holding portraits of President Bashar al-Assad as they gather in the central city of Homs around the city’s newly renovated clock tower during a ceremony revealing the restored monument. Photograph Getty Images

Prosecution cases have been prepared against president and senior members of his regime for possible war crimes tribunal Smuggled Syrian documents en(...)

A rebel fighter on the  the frontline against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Aleppo. Photograph: Hosam Katan/Reuters

The Syrian conflict is being driven and prolonged by a war economy, by profiteering and dirty deals between militias. “Moderate” rebels openly form ba(...)

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