A Syrian child receives treatment after an alleged chemical attack, at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province, northern Syria. Photograph:  EPA

UN war crimes examiners say they are investigating a suspected poison gas attack that killed more than 50 people in a rebel-held area of northern Syri(...)

A satellite view of Saydnaya prison in Syria. Photograph: Google maps

As many as 13,000 opponents of Bashar al-Assad were secretly hanged in one of Syria’s most infamous prisons in the first five years of the country’s c(...)

Syrian families receive aid packages from the  Al-Sham Humanitarian Foundation in the rebel-held neighbourhood of al-Marjah in Aleppo. Photograph: Karam Al-Masri/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian regime intensified air strikes on Aleppo and the surrounding area on Wednesday as a Russian-backed offensive to recapture the last urban re(...)

A British soldier secures an area near the burning oil export pipeline – from the southern city of Basra, 500km from Baghdad, to the Faw peninsula on the Gulf – in March 2004, in the Maamer zone 100km further south of Basra. Photograph: Joseph Barrak/AFP/Getty Images

The 2003 US-British invasion of Iraq was a war the world did not want. Millions of people protested around the world in the run-up to the war. Among (...)

Iraqi pro-government forces drive their armoured vehicles in the Jwaibah area, on the eastern outskirts of Ramadi, on February 8th after they retook the region from Islamic State  group jihadists. Photograph: Al-Dulaimi/AFP/Getty Images

Major powers trying to forge a Syrian peace plan have made almost no progress in overcoming one of the main obstacles to ending the war: deciding who (...)

UN resolution 2254, mandating last week’s Syria peace talks in Geneva, required an end to airstrikes and humanitarian relief for suffering civilians. (...)

UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura  during a press briefing in Geneva, where he announced a “temporary pause” until February 25th of talks aimed at ending the civil war. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

UN-mediated talks to end the war in Syria are on pause until February 25th, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday, saying the talks had not fa(...)

Syrian rebel fighters leave the last opposition-held district of al-Waer in the city of Homs under a deal with the Syrian regime. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Rebels are leaving their last stronghold in the Syrian city of Homs in a truce that gives president Bashar al-Assad control of what was known as the (...)

The scene after Russian air strikes in the town of Darat Izza in Syria. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

The largest al-Qaeda group in Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra, has called for terror attacks in Russia, while also urging strikes on Alawite villages and placi(...)

Lebanon’s Hizbullah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem speaks as Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem (centre) and Iran’s minister of culture  Ali Jannati listen during the International Media Conference Against Terrorism in Damascus. Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al- Assad yesterday welcomed “positive” changes in western attitudes to the conflict in the country – suggesting the United St(...)

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