Russian soldiers and Syrian government forces oversee the evacuation of rebel fighters from the Army of Islam and their families from the town of Dumayr, northeast of Damascus, on Thursday. Photograph Sana (official Syrian news agency)/via AP)

The Syrian government stepped up its efforts on Thursday to retake the opposition’s last besieged enclaves, as rebels prepared to withdraw from one an(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “If the terrorists again raise their heads, we will deal such blows to them they have never seen,” he said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.  Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, made a surprise visit to Syria on Monday and ordered the Russian military to begin a partial withdrawal from the w(...)

A satellite image taken in January 2015 of what the US says is a building modified to support a crematorium in Syria. Photograph: State Department/DigitalGlobe/AP

The US has evidence Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s government has built a crematorium at a large military prison outside the capital Damascus, a s(...)

A Syrian child received treatment  at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province in northern Syria after a chemical attack. Photograph: Stringer/EPA

US officials dismissed Russia’s assertion on Wednesday that Syrian rebels were to blame for a poison gas attack rather than president Bashar al-Assad,(...)

A supporter of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad gestures  near the US embassy in Lebanon. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has denied ordering an alleged chemical weapons attack said to have killed hundreds of civilians in the Damascus coun(...)