Insurgent  fighters fire towards positions of regime forces in Ramousah on the southwestern edges of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on Saturday. Photograph: Fadi Aa-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian insurgents who broke the siege of rebel-held eastern Aleppo on Saturday in a significant territorial gain came under intense air attack from p(...)

Supporters of the Syrian opposition protest during a rally in Geneva on March 19th to commemorate the fifth year of the Syrian war. Photograph: Salvartore Di Nolfi/EPA

The Syrian National Coalition (SNC), founded in mid-2011, has the backing of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the US and Europe. All fund its largely successful (...)

Migrants clamber on to a dinghy to sail for the Greek island of Chios from the western Turkish coastal town of Cesme on Wednesday. Greece and Bulgaria complain that Turkey does nothing to halt the flow into their countries of refugees. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

In celebration of the parliamentary election victory of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), Ankara arrested three dozen opposition figures and mo(...)

Syrian opposition leader Khaled Khoja speaks after a meeting in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Since unrest erupted in Syria in mid-March 2011, opposition figures and factions have multiplied and mutated on the political level, making common act(...)

United Nations peace envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks during a news conference after meeting Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati at the Grand Serail, the government headquarters, in Beirut earlier this month.  Photograph: Mohamed Azakir / Reuters

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi insists there will be only two Syrian delegations – government and opposition – at the proposed US and Russian-sp(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry.

Syria has given details of some of its chemical weapons to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) watchdog at The Hague ye(...)

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (centre) meets Alaeddin Boroujerdi (left), head of the Iranian parliamentary committee for national security and foreign policy, in Damascus yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Sana

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said yesterday that Syria would respond to “any external aggression” in response to US president Barack Obama’s decla(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter rides a motorbike along a damaged street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor, Syria, yesterday. Photograph: Karam Jamal/Reuters

The escape of dozens of high-level al-Qaeda members from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq last Sunday may have far-reaching consequences in next-door Syria, (...)

Acting president of the Syrian National Coalition George Sabra: “Diplomatic solutions are a farce, meaningless.” Photograph:  Reuters/Murad Sezer

The viability of the Syria peace conference due to take place in Switzerland in about a fortnight has been thrown into question by the decision of the(...)

A member of the Free Syrian Army holds a blanket near an area that was damaged after it came under fire by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, in Kefr Hamra area, north of Aleppo. Photograph: Giath Taha/Reuters

Disagreements over whether the EU should lift its arms embargo to empower Syrian opposition forces dominated a meeting of Eu ropean foreign min(...)