Hafez Al Assad

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Shiite volunteers brandish weapons at a tribal meeting in Baghdad. Photograph: Ayman Oghanna/The New York Times

The cross-border conflict waged by the radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis) is blowback from a policy of promoting fundamentalists that h(...)

Patrick Seale who has died in London at the age of 83 was the world’s most distinguished expert on Syria. He had close connections with Ireland(...)

The UN resolution is intended to require Syria to comply with the US-Russia accord reached in Geneva last week, which set a timetable for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to declare, secure and then eliminate his entire arsenal of chemical weapons. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Syria has submitted details of its chemical weapons to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, the organisation said(...)

Vehicles bearing Syria’s national flag and playing pro-President Bashar al-Assad songs, parade through the streets in Damascus today. Photograph: Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

The powerful brother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is suspected of authorising the chemical weapons attack that killed hundreds of Syrian civili(...)

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