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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(...)

Hizbullah supporters carry the coffin of Mustafa Badreddine during his funeral in Beirut on Friday, May 13th. Photograph: Nabil Mounzer/EPA

A UN-backed court is expected to request conclusive evidence – perhaps in the form of DNA – that a Hizbullah commander killed last week was the same m(...)

The remains of the Bel Temple in Palmyra, now reduced to a single arch sitting on top of a mound of whole and broken limestone blocks. Photograph: Martak/AFP/Getty Images

Palmyra is a city of ghosts. Ghosts of a precarious present as well as an illustrious ancient past. The new city has been emptied of its 750,000 citiz(...)

I will be 50 on this 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising. Like many of my age group, I have vivid memories of grandparents who were participants in (...)

A general view taken yesterday shows part of the remains of the Arc de Triomph monument in Palmyra. Photograph: Al Mounes/AFP/Getty Images

Syria’s armed forces have driven Islamic State militants out of Palmyra, recapturing the city of Roman ruins as part of a regional push that is puttin(...)

Dr Khaled Alotaibi at the South Circular Road mosque. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Islamic scholar who is visiting Dublin, and has been described as extremist by two leading Irish Muslims, has said he “always encourages young peo(...)

Saad Hariri, the son of assassinated former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, is so fearful of an assassin’s bomb or bullet that he lives in Riyadh and Paris. Photograph: EPA

Angered over Beirut’s failure to condemn an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and meet key Saudi political demands, Riyadh has cancelled a $4 bill(...)

A woman carrying a child injured in the triple blast in the Saida Zeinab suburb of Damascus on Sunday. The blasts  killed 90 civilians, 40 security personnel and wounded 150. Photograph: Sana via AP

The UN Relief and Works Agency (Unwra) has condemned a triple bombing at the Saida Zeinab suburb of Damascus on Sunday that killed 90 civilians and 40(...)

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