King Salman: Syria, Iran, oil and expanding commercial ties on the agenda. Photograph:  Bandar al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty Images

King Salman’s arrival in Moscow on Wednesday on a historic three-day official visit, the first ever by a Saudi monarch, signals the kingdom’s recognit(...)

Russian  sappers clearing the historic city of Palmyra of mines after it was recaptured from Isis. Photograph: TASS via Getty Images

This week marks the second anniversary of Russia’s direct armed intervention on the Syrian government side, which turned the tide in its favour in the(...)

Lebanon’s president, Michel Aoun, attends an official funeral ceremony for Lebanese soldiers killed in Islamic State captivity. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron will receive Michel Aoun, the president of Lebanon, for a three-day state visit starting on Monday that is charged with hist(...)

  UN special envoy  for Syria Staffan de Mistura: hopes progress can be achieved in talks between the Syrian government and militants  in Geneva after ceasefires have been agreed in Kazakhstan. Photograph: Martial Trezzini/EPA

The Syrian army regained territory from Islamic State in central and eastern Syria on Wednesday as ceasefire talks got under way again in Kazakhstan.(...)

Israeli soldiers manoeuvre a tank during a military exercise in the northern part of the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on Thursday. An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to discuss reports of a strike in Syria. Photograph:  Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has warned Israel of “dangerous repercussions to the security and stability of the region” after a Syrian military facility in Hama pr(...)

Syrians walk in the street in Deir al-Zor after Syria’s army broke a years-long Islamic State siege on the government enclave. Photograph: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian army has broken a 28-month siege by the Islamic State group on the city of Deir al-Zor, a strategic oil hub on the Euphrates river in the e(...)

A convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families begin to depart from the Lebanon-Syria border zone in Qalamoun, Syria on Monday. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Syrian army are seeking a new route for a convoy of Islamic State fighters and their families bound for the jihadists’ str(...)

Saudi’s defence minister Mohammed bin Salman attending a military parade by Saudi security forces ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. Photograph:  Bandar Al-Jaloud/AFP/Getty Images

The rift that has divided the Middle East between Sunnis and Shias and fuelled proxy wars in Syria and Yemen appears to have eased, enabling 86,000 Ir(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter holds a walkie-talkie as he sits with a fellow member in al-Manshiyeh neighbourhood in Deraa, Syria. Photograph: Alaa Al-Faqir/Reuters

The Trump administration’s decision to cancel CIA support for insurgents seeking to topple Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, is unlikely to make muc(...)

Aftermath of a reported air strike on the rebel-held town of Ayn Tarma, in Syria. Photograph: Amer Almohibany/AFP/Getty Images

The US, Russia and regional countries have reached a ceasefire deal in southwestern Syria, one of the combat zones in a six-year civil war, a US offic(...)