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Syria has already received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air defence system and will soon get the rest of the S-300 missiles, president Bashar al-Assad was quoted as saying today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters.

Syria has already received the first shipment of an advanced Russian air defence system and will soon get the rest of the S-300 missiles, president Ba(...)

Theo van Gogh: Muslim radicalisation has been a contentious issue since the assassination in 2004 of the controversial film-maker by Dutch-Moroccan Muslim Mohammed Bouyeri. Photograph: BrunoPress/Getty Images

A survey of attitudes in the Netherlands towards Dutch Islamists who travel to Syria to fight the Assad regime shows that 75 per cent of Muslims regar(...)

Former leader of the Syrian National Coalition Moaz al-Khatib arrives for a meeting in Istanbul . Photograph: Bulent Kilic/Pool/Reuters

On the opening day of the conference in Istanbul of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), the group’s former president, Moaz al-Khatib, dropped a bombs(...)

Yousef (13), whose father is a fighter. Photograph: Caelainn Hogan

“The shelling comes especially at night, sometimes every day and every night,” says Abdo Rahim, a father of three, surrounded by his family in their h(...)

A Syrian army soldier during a battle against opposition fighters in the city of Qusayr, in Syria’s central Homs province. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

After the Syrian air force hammered rebel positions yesterday, elite Syrian Republican Guard troops and veteran Shia Hizbullah fighters joined battle (...)

Mourners carry the body of a 17-year-old boy, in Hermel, Lebanon, on Tuesday. The boy was killed in a rocket attack on the village, which is near the Syrian border. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

The increasingly bitter warfare within Syria is a proxy for regional and international rivalries. Thus far, the EU and its Nato member states have pro(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter rides  past revolutionary graffiti  in Deir al-Zor.

Russia has voiced loud criticism at the European Union decision not to renew an arms embargo against both the regime in Damascus and forces trying to (...)

An authenticated citizen journalist image shows Syrian army soldiers loyal to Bashar al-Assad standing in front of dead bodies at Baida village, in the mountains outside the coastal city of Banias, Syria. Photograph: AP Photo/The Syrian Revolution against Bashar Assad

Awakened by the sound of gunfire, Ahmad could hear the armed men knocking on his brother’s door, shouting insults and calling the family “dogs”.Ahmad’(...)

British foreign secretary William Hague, left, talks with Luxembourg’s foreign minister Jean Asselborn, centre, and Austrian foreign minister Michael Spindelegger during the EU foreign ministers meeting on Monday. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

Yesterday the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union co-hosted a high-profile conference at the European Parliament in Brussels titled (...)

Free Syrian Army fighters prepare to launch a rocket in Deir al-Zor. International estimates put the number of Free Syrian Army fighters and assorted jihadists at about 70,000. Photograph: Reuters/Khalil Ashawi

The EU decision not to renew an arms embargo on the Syrian opposition appears to give the green light to countries such as France and Britain to suppl(...)

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