Bashar Al Assad

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 Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) shakes hands with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images

Russian and Turkish troops are to enforce a new demilitarised zone in Syria’s Idlib region from which “radical” rebels will be required to withdraw b(...)

Smoke billows following Syrian  bombardment of Al Habit on the edges of rebel-held Idlib province,  September 9th, 2018. Photograph:  Omar Haj Kadour/Getty

Russian and Syrian jets resumed intensive strikes in Idlib and Hama on Sunday, residents and rescuers said, as Damascus stepped up its assault on the (...)

Smoke rises 4 kilometres east of Khan Shaykhun in the southern countryside of Idlib province. Photograph: Anas/AFP/Getty Images

Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded towns in Syria’s opposition-held Idlib province on Saturday, a day after a summit of the presidents of Turkey, Ir(...)

Syrians use dirt to put out a fire at the scene of a reported air strike in the district of Jisr al-Shughur, in Idlib province, on Tuesday. Photograph: Zein Al Rifai/AFP/Getty Images

With Russian and Syrian government forces poised to begin an all-out military offensive in Idlib, there is a real risk of humanitarian disaster in the(...)

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan said the upcoming summit in Tehran would yeild positive results. File photograph: Vyacheslav Oseledko/ AFP/Getty Images

An attack on Syria’s Idlib, a rebel-held enclave, would be a massacre and the upcoming summit in Tehran, which will be attended by Iran, Russia and Tu(...)

The offensive could trigger a ‘human tragedy’, Mr Trump has said. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump has warned Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his allies against a “reckless attack” on Idlib province. It comes after Ir(...)

A series of loud blasts were heard early on Sunday near a military airbase outside the Syrian capital Damascus. Image: Google Maps

An electrical fault caused a series of loud blasts early on Sunday near a military airbase outside the Syrian capital Damascus, a Syrian military sour(...)

A Syrian soldier stands guard as people  ride in a vehicle at the Abu Duhur crossing on the eastern edge of Idlib province on Monday. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

A group affiliated with al-Qaeda in Syria has adopted a defiant tone as the Syrian army has deployed elite armoured and assault divisions along the so(...)

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that hackers linked to the Russian state tried to target the websites of two conservative think-tanks. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

The United States government has long believed that the Russian state mounted a concerted digital campaign of interference in the 2016 presidential el(...)

The scene following an explosion at an arms depot in a residential area in Sarmada, Syria. Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images

An explosion in a residential building thought to be storing weapons and ammunition in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib killed at least 39 people, including (...)

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