Suspected Islamic State members imprisoned just south of Mosul, in Iraq, in July 2017: Isis reveals it has taken into account the defeat of the “caliphate”. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

Islamic State spokesman Abu Hassan al-Muhajir has called upon the group’s fighters to focus on the Arab world rather than mount operations further afi(...)

A victim of Syria’s military barrel bombs is watched over by her uncle at a hospital in Kilis in Turkey. Weeks of aerial bombardment have nearly emptied entire neighbourhoods in Aleppo. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Damascus said yesterday it is prepared to co-operate with a United Nations call for humanitarian access as long as Syria’s sovereignty is respected(...)

People walk along a street in Aleppo’s Bustan al-Qasr neighbourhood. Fighting between insurgents and pro-government forces was reported to be raging in the city yesterday. Photograph: Molhem Barakat/Reuters

Syrian government forces have carried out a widespread and systematic campaign of enforced disappearances of people to terrorise the population, a com(...)