Buildings destroyed by prior bombardment in the town of Ariha in Syria’s rebel-held northwestern Idlib province. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP via Getty

Nearly half of Syria’s 20 million people go to bed hungry, World Food Programme chief David Beasley has said ahead of an EU-hosted pledging conference(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  listens to Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan  in Istanbul,Turkey. File photograph: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Turkey may be taking a detour from a collision course with Russia in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had(...)

Syrians drive with their belongings through Ariha in the northern countryside of Syria’s Idlib province as they flee an ongoing offensive by regime forces. Photograph: Aaref Watad/AFP via Getty

The Syrian army, backed by Russian air power, is engaged in a two-pronged offensive in al-Qaeda-held areas in Idlib and Aleppo provinces. Syrian force(...)

An undated screengrab taken from video released by Islamic State-linked Al-Furqan media shows the chief of  Islamic State,   Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,  for the first time in five years  in an undisclosed location. Screengrab: AFP/Getty

The reappearance of Islamic State founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a video released on Monday was undoubtedly timed to demonstrate he has survived the (...)

A busy street in the northern city of Idlib, Syria’s mostly rebel-held province. Photograph:   Muhammad Haj Kadour / AFP

Al-Qaeda’s offshoot in Syria has consolidated its hold over the northwestern Idlib province, opening the door for a postponed Syrian army offensive ag(...)

Damages after a suicide bomb attack  in Sweida. Photograph: Sana/Handout via Reuters

Islamic State attacks on Wednesday on the south-western city of Sweida and nearby villages demonstrated the jihadists remain a serious a threat to Syr(...)

Internally displaced people from Deraa province arrive near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra, Syria. Photograph: Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

The Jordanian and Israeli armies are delivering food, tents and medical supplies to some of the 270,000 Syrians who have fled fighting between Syrian (...)

Syrian opposition fighters and members of their families from the Yarmouk camp, on the outskirts of Damascus, arrive at the al-Eis checkpoint in Aleppo province on Tuesday. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

Intervention by external powers against Syrian government forces is likely to increase as the campaign against the Islamic State terror group winds do(...)

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(...)