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Women and children who fled the Islamic State  group’s last embattled holdout of Baghouz wait to evacuate the area in Syria’s northern Deir Ezzor province, last Friday.  Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Washington’s plan to retain a small group of peacekeeping troops in Syria is a tactical reversal of US president Donald Trump’s strategic decision to (...)

A Syrian man holds a wounded child at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, following air strikes by regime forces on the besieged eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Hamza Al-Ajweh/Getty Images

Why has the Syrian government launched an offensive in eastern Ghouta? Since most of the suburbs of Damascus have been returned to government control(...)

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan chairs a security meeting in Ankara on Tuesday. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer/presidential palace via Reuters

Turkey seeks to avoid any clash with US, Russian or Syrian forces but will take any steps needed for its security, a Turkish minister said on Tuesday(...)

Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar.  Qatar has called the charges baseless and says the demands are so severe that they seem intended to be rejected. Photograph: Kamran Jebreili/AP

Qatar has handed over its response to a list of extraordinary demands made by Saudi Arabia and three allies after they imposed an embargo on the Gul(...)

The Promise: Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon in Terry George's film about the Armenian genocide during the first World War

Terry George, the Irish film-maker behind Some Mother’s Son and Hotel Rwanda, is surely accustomed to rubbing shoulders with the glitterati, having at(...)

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 –(...)

A Kurdish peshmerga fighter during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in the town of Naweran, near Mosul, on Sunday. Photograph: Azad Lashkari/Reuters

A growing spat between the Turkish and Iraqi governments has cast a pall over the operation to oust Islamic State from Mosul. On Saturday, Iraq’s pr(...)

 A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier relaxes in Bartella, a village  recaptured from Islamic State during the battle to retake Mosul, on Tuesday. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Residents of Mosul said Islamic State was using civilians as human shields as Iraqi and Kurdish forces captured outlying villages in their advance on (...)

 Turkish fishermen demonstrate at Bosphorus with Turkish flags against the  failed coup attempt in Istanbul. The dramatic developments in Turkey have taken place at a sensitive time in EU-Turkish relations. Photograph:  Deniz Toprak/EPA

In Brussels, as elsewhere around the world, the news took everyone by surprise. On Friday night, as Eurocrats were finishing another long week dominat(...)

The International Rescue Committee  said it would provide aid to the new arrivals at the Turkey/Syrian border. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Image

A new wave of refugees has fled northern Syria for the Turkish border after Islamic State opened fire on communities that had sheltered them, ki(...)

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