Fighters from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) visit the site of Turkish air strikes near northeastern Syrian Kurdish town of Derik. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Turkish planes bombed Kurdish fighters in Iraq’s Sinjar region and northeast Syria on Tuesday, killing at least 20 in a widening campaign against grou(...)

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson  with Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu   in Ankara. Tillerson said  the Syrian people would decide the future of President Bashar al-Assad. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has delivered on a campaign pledge by instructing the US military to focus on defeating Islamic State rather than toppling S(...)

Syrian girls at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, which shelters some 80,000 Syrian refugees on the border with the war-ravaged country. Photograph:  Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

The number of people fleeing Syria’s civil war to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt has passed the five million mark, data from the UN refugee a(...)

Part of Tabqa dam on the Euphrates river near Raqqa, Syria, pictured in June 2014. Photograph:  Nour Fourat/Reuters

The US-led coalition said on Monday it saw no imminent danger to a major hydroelectric dam that allied Syrian militias are fighting to take from Islam(...)

The outskirts of  Raqqa, Syria. At least 33 people were killed in an air strike that hit a school sheltering displaced people near  Raqqa. File photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

At least 30 Syrian civilians were killed in an air strike by the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in a rural area of Raqqa province e(...)

A young Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighter poses with his weapon north of Raqqa city. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

The main Syrian Kurdish force fighting Islamic State in northern Syria said it has enough fighters to take the extremists’ de facto capital of Raqqa –(...)

The remains of a building  hit by air strikes in the rebel-held and besieged Damascus neighbourhood of Douma on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters/Bassam Khabieh

The Syrian army and its allies made a sudden advance on Saturday and Sunday into areas held by Islamic State, a war monitor said, as the jihadist grou(...)

Special forces  in Mosul, Iraq, where Sunni  residents fear Iraqi Shia soldiers   might take  revenge for Mosul’s capitulation to Islamic State in 2014. Photograph:   Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The people of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria are eagerly but fearfully awaiting liberation from Islamic State. Under its brutal rule, they face tax(...)

Displaced people in Mosul flee Islamic State on Tuesday. A defeat of the jihadists could trigger conflicts between the forces now attacking it. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Offensives against Islamic State in Mosul in northern Iraq and Raqqa in north-central Syria have sown potentially explosive conflicts between forces b(...)

Syrian Democratic Forces  commanders attend a news conference in Ain Issa, Raqqa Governorate. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces coalition has launched a long-awaited offensive to drive Islamic State from its self-proclaimed capital at Raqq(...)

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