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Lieutenant-general Sergei Rudskoi, a senior Russian defence ministry official,   talks to the media during a briefing on the fight against terrorism in Syria at in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Russia said its war planes had joined forces with Turkish jets for the first time on Wednesday to target Islamic State militants holding the town of a(...)

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack in Aleppo on November 24th, 2016. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Now in its sixth year, the war of attrition in Syria grinds on, its myriad factions and their foreign sponsors seemingly locked in a bloody cycle of (...)

An ancient monument in the city of Palmyra, photographed in April 2016 after the Syrian army had regained control of it from Islamic State, and which is now back under the terror group’s control. File photograph: Youssef Badawi/EPA

With control of Aleppo secured, Syria and Russia may now give priority to the recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra, rather than the northwestern p(...)

Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin in Moscow in 2015. Photograph: Reuters

The fall of eastern Aleppo to the Syrian army and its allies is a turning point in the protracted civil war, and the wider proxy war. Regime loyalis(...)

Civilians wait outside a government military police centre in Aleppo to visit  relatives who have been evacuated from the eastern districts of Aleppo and are being prepared to begin their military service, in Aleppo on Sunday. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Residents of east Aleppo have sent out desperate messages imploring the international community to save civilians still in besieged districts of the S(...)

A file photograph from  April 2016 shows damages near the Arch of Triumph in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria. On Saturday Islamic State  fighters re-entered Palmyra after the Syrian government forces gained control over the Unesco World Heritage site  in  March 2016. Photograph: EPA

Isis have regained control of the city of Palmyra in Syria, nine months after it was driven out by Russian-backed government forces, opposition activi(...)

A general view taken in March shows a photographer holding his picture of the Temple of Bel taken in 2014 in front of the remains of the historic temple after it was destroyed by the Islamic Statein September 2015. Photograph: Joseph Eid/Getty

Islamic State militants entered the ancient city of Palmyra on Saturday in eastern Syria after advancing to its outskirts for the first time since lo(...)

President Michael D Higgins called for an urgent response to “the grave threats that hang over both the intellectual freedom and the physical safety of so many scholars around our world”.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Thousands of scholars around the world are facing increasing levels of coercion aimed at silencing “critical inquiry” and “intellectual discourse”, P(...)

Members of the United Nations Development Programme perform restoration work in a damaged alley of the ancient market in the heart of the mostly government-controlled Syrian city of Homs. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images

Workers have cleared 99 per cent of war rubble and debris in the ancient souq at the heart of the Old City of Homs, in western Syria, which was ravage(...)

The rebel-held Salihin neighbourhood of Aleppo  following a reported air strike on  September 11th. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

Bags of body parts. Three young siblings killed along with their mother. A pregnant woman lying dead under a fallen roof. These sights – described by(...)

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