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Damaged buildings photographed following an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo.  Photograph: Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters

Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian plane today which Turkey said had crossed into its air space in an area where Syrian rebels have been b(...)

Syria’s deputy foreign minister Faisal al-Miqdad (C) speaks to the media in Damascus today. Photograph: SANA/Handout via Reuters.

Syria has missed a deadline to hand over all the toxic materials it declared to the world’s chemical weapons watchdog. The delay puts the programme se(...)

Cypriot foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides (C) stands with Danish chemical warfare officers onboard the “Esbern Snare”, a Danish frigate which is one of the military escorts to cargo vessels extracting chemical weapons from Syria. Photograph: Reuters.

Russia stepped up its defence of Damascus today in a dispute with the West over delays in the elimination of Syria’s chemical arsenal, saying preside(...)

Syrian information minister Omran Zoabi said today the Syrian people have decided president Bashar al-Assad should be nominated for another term and would pressure him to stand in elections this year. The comments were the strongest indication yet that Dr Assad intends to extend his rule and are sure to anger opposition politicians and fighters. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Syria has moved the first batch of chemical weapon materials out of the country after transporting it from two sites to the port city of Latakia and o(...)

People walk along a street in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood. Fighting between insurgents and pro-government forces was reported to be raging in the city yesterday. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters

Syrian government forces have carried out a widespread and systematic campaign of enforced disappearances of people to terrorise the population, a com(...)

Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint UN-OPCW Syria team, said today the mission faced a challenge to get the most lethal chemical agents out of Syria by the end of the year target, in the midst of a civil war which has killed 100,000 people.  . Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

The United States has offered to destroy Syrian chemicals on a US ship, the global chemical weapons watchdog said today, and is looking for a suitable(...)

United Nations  vehicles  in  Damascus. It was announced yesterday that Syria had completed the destruction of equipment used to produce chemical weapon Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri /Reuters

Israeli warplanes attacked a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, officials said yesterday.It was a development that th(...)

A family at a state-run shelter where the Syrian government placed surviving families of a reported rebel massacre in Latakia. Photograph: Andrea Bruce/The New York Times

Syrian opposition fighters massacred at least 190 civilians and took more than 200 hostages during an August military operation against a dozen villag(...)

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus yesterday. He said his country had defences that would “suprise” its antagonists. Photograph: AP

Western envoys have told opposition Syrian National Coalition leaders in Istanbul to expect strikes on Damascus within days, as Syrian foreign ministe(...)

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