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An Israeli Hermes 900 unmanned plane gets ready to fly near the Israeli-Syrian border. Israel’s air force targeted IS gunmen in Syria after they fired on an Israeli soldier in the occupied Golan Heights. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Israeli aircraft have reportedly hit targets close to Damascus, in the country’s second strike in Syria this week. Various Arab media outlets report(...)

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri takes a selfie with journalists at the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Saad Hariri has called for a national unity government after being named Lebanese prime minister, pledging to include all political blocs, even those (...)

Former general Michel Aoun commanded the country’s armed forces during the waning years of Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war. Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

The Lebanese parliament is set to meet on Monday to elect former general Michel Aoun as president, following 2½ years of caretaker government since Mi(...)

A girl displaced by the fighting near Mosul at a checkpoint in Qayyara on Wednesday. Humanitarian agencies fear a catastrophic outflow of civilians from Mosul if there is heavy bombardment and urban warfare. Photograph: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

Why is Mosul under attack? Mosul is under attack because in June 2014 the city was seized by Islamic State during an offensive which gave the terror (...)

A boy walks amid damaged buildings in the rebel held area of al-Kalaseh neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters

The fighting in Syria’s besieged enclave of eastern Aleppo has killed 338 people in the past few weeks, including 106 children, a senior World Health(...)

Syrian civilians and rescuers gather at site of government forces airstrikes in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Al-Shaar in Aleppo. Photograph: Getty Images

The Syrian-Russian offensive against eastern Aleppo is aimed at striking a decisive blow against opponents engaged in a debilitating war of attrition (...)

Syrians carry a body following bombardment on the al-Marja neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Friday. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

UN envoy Staffan de Mistura effectively holds the US and Russia responsible for the escalation in the Syrian conflict, blaming the stalling of ceasefi(...)

Syrians flee from the town of Souran, in northern Hama. Syrian government forces and their allies have recaptured areas in southwestern Aleppo from rebels. File photograph: Omar Haj-Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian government forces and their allies again laid siege to rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Sunday, while Turkish-backed fighters drove Islamic State f(...)

The headquarters of  al-Wefaq. Its funds are to be claimed by the state treasury. Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters/File Photo

A Bahrain court on Sunday dissolved the main Shia Muslim opposition group al-Wefaq, accusing it of fostering violence and terrorism, in an escalation (...)

A blazing car after explosions hit the Syrian city of Tartous. Photograph: Syrian Arab News Agency handout via Reuters

Monday’s co-ordinated attacks by Islamic State on Tartous and Jableh sent a message to Damascus, the government’s stronghold, and its ally Russia: Syr(...)

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