Pro-government Syrian soldiers patrol the area of Awijah as they advance into Aleppo’s rebel-held neighbourhoods. Photograph: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian and Russian governments are seeking to end the insurgent presence in Aleppo before the end of the year, an official Syrian source has told (...)

An injured child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, on Monday following an air strike by government forces. Experts fear Syria’s war could last for many more years. Photograph: Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images

It may take weeks or months, but Aleppo is likely to fall to Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power and the most lethal bombardment in n(...)

Syrian civilians and rescuers gather at site of government forces airstrikes in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Al-Shaar in Aleppo. Photograph: Getty Images

The Syrian-Russian offensive against eastern Aleppo is aimed at striking a decisive blow against opponents engaged in a debilitating war of attrition (...)

Syrian government soldiers walk in the damaged al-Farafira souk in the government-held side of Aleppo. Photograph: Youssef Karwasha/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has given fresh assurances it has impressed on the Syrian government it must allow aid into rebel-held east Aleppo and elsewhere in Syria, but (...)

Turkish troops   on the road near the Syrian village of Tuwairan, about 2km from the border with Turkey, on Monday. Photograph: Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s cross-border incursions into Syria have achieved Ankara’s primary objective of preventing Syrian Kurds from uniting the eastern end of their (...)

Five-year-old Omran Daqneesh sits with his sister inside an ambulance after they were rescued following an airstrike in the  al-Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: Mahmoud Rslan/Reuters

Next week could produce a humanitarian breakthrough for victims of the wars in Syria and Yemen. If a 48-hour Aleppo ceasefire demanded by the UN goe(...)

Jabhat al-Nusra fighters march towards the northern Syrian village of al-Aie in Aleppo province. The group is the most powerful fundamentalist faction in the country. Photograph: Al-Nusra Front via AP

The decision to cut ties between al-Qaeda central and its official Syrian branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, was a tactical ploy to convince the US to remove th(...)

Jabhat al-Nusra  leader Mohammed al-Golani in an undated photograph released online on Thursday to announce a video message that the militant group is changing its name and  will have no more ties with al-Qaeda. Photograph via  AP

Al-Qaeda’s powerful Syrian branch, Jabhat al-Nusra, has announced it is ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin(...)

Fighters from the Popular Mobilisation units, supporting Iraqi  government forces, and members of the Iraqi police pose with an Islamic State flag in Falluja on June 28th after Iraqi forces retook the city from the jihadists. File photograph: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State has lost a quarter of the territory it controlled in Iraq and Syria and is likely to retaliate by mounting attacks on civilians and econ(...)

Mohammed Alloush who has resigned as chief negotiator for the opposition at the Syrian peace talks. Photograph: Bassam Hatoum/AP

The decision of the Saudi-sponsored Syrian High Negotiations Committee (HNC) to replace representatives of armed groups with civilians is likely to we(...)

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