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Smoke billows above buildings during a reported air strike by pro-regime forces on the town of Hish in Syria’s Idlib province on August 19th, 2019. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Air strikes on Monday halted a Turkish armoured convoy by targeting its route as it entered Idlib province in northwest Syria. The Turkish defence m(...)

An undated screengrab taken from video released by Islamic State-linked Al-Furqan media shows the chief of  Islamic State,   Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,  for the first time in five years  in an undisclosed location. Screengrab: AFP/Getty

The reappearance of Islamic State founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a video released on Monday was undoubtedly timed to demonstrate he has survived the (...)

Khalid Ibn al-Walid mosque: A Unesco world heritage site, the mosque has been restored with donations from Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov.  Photograph: Michael Jansen

Homs is a city of celebrations. Its residents have survived eight years of war and are determined to overcome deprivations imposed by the punitive pea(...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan give a joint news conference following their trilateral talks in Sochi on February 14th. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyevass via Getty Images

In the Black Sea resort of Sochi on St Valentine’s Day, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin welcomed the leaders of Turkey and Iran with tea and biscuit(...)

Iran’s  Hassan Rouhani,  Russia’s Vladimir Putin  and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan  at a trilateral meeting about Syria in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on February 14th. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov

Russia, Iran and Turkey have welcomed the US’s decision to withdraw its troops from northern Syria, but have failed to agree on a plan to deal with th(...)

Damages after a suicide bomb attack  in Sweida. Photograph: Sana/Handout via Reuters

Islamic State attacks on Wednesday on the south-western city of Sweida and nearby villages demonstrated the jihadists remain a serious a threat to Syr(...)

Internally displaced people from Deraa province arrive near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra, Syria. Photograph: Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

The Jordanian and Israeli armies are delivering food, tents and medical supplies to some of the 270,000 Syrians who have fled fighting between Syrian (...)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin   in Ankara for talks about the future of Syria. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/via AP

Turkey has emerged as a major player in the Syrian crisis, but trust in the Ankara government is in short supply. Damascus, Moscow and Tehran do not(...)

Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters  hold  weapons aloft near the city of Afrin, Syria, on Monday. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Syrian forces are poised to enter two contested enclaves, Afrin – where Kurdish militiamen are battling the Turkish army and its Syrian surrogates – a(...)

Toumeh ‘Tommy’ Toumeh (91): The Toumehs were the only Christian family to remain in al-Waer. Before the war there had been 300 Christian families and two churches in the Homs suburb. Photograph: Michael Jansen

Every Syrian family in every city, town and village has its own war story. The story is a prized possession to share with outsiders, however harrowing(...)

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