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People walk along a damaged street filled with debris in Deir al-Zor, Syria, on Wednesday. Photograph: Khalil Ashawi/Reuters

Iranian supreme guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei yesterday accused the US of using the August 21st chemical weapons attack as a pretext to mount military (...)

Members of a  family carry their belongings as they move into the Salah al-Din neighbourhood in central Aleppo. Photograph: Reuters/Ammar Abdullah

Lebanon’s president Michel Suleiman plans to raise the matter of the influx of Syrian refugees into his country during the opening session of the UN G(...)

 Ayas Ibrahim in the unofficial refugee camp at Eb Elias: “The UN does not register us. We get nothing.”  Photograph: Hamzah Tahan

Abu Yasser boasts that his “non-camp” in Eb Elias is home to 3,000 refugees from every Syrian province. Last spring there were about 500 people when t(...)

 Minister for Justice, Equality and  Defence Alan Shatter performed a ministerial review of troops yesterday in Cathal Brugha barracks. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The deployment of Irish troops to war torn Syria due to get under way today has been delayed by at least two weeks, it has emerged.The Irish Times und(...)

A supporter of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad holds a placard during her participation with others in “Over our Bodies”, a campaign to organise human shields against possible US strikes, at Qasion Mountain overlooking the capital Damascus. Photograph:  Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Tensions over the Syrian crisis spiked briefly yesterday when Russian radar reported that two ballistic “objects” had been fired over the eastern Medi(...)

Free Syrian Army fighters eating together in Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Hamid Khatib/Reuters

When protests erupted across Syria in March 2011, the country’s long-abused opposition was presented with a chance 40 years in the making. A popular r(...)

A Syrian girl holds a sign during a demonstration on Sunday in Maaret al-Numan, Idlib province, northern Syria.  Photograph: Edlib News Network ENN/AP

  The Syrian government yesterday hit back at the US and its allies by asking UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon to “assume his responsib(...)

Protesters from leftist parties shout slogans during a demonstration against military strikes on the Syrian government and to show their support for the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, after Friday prayers in Amman yesterday. Photograph: Majed Jaber/Reuters

UN inspectors yesterday visited a military hospital in Damascus to interview soldiers said to have been affected by a chemical attack by rebels or fun(...)

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus yesterday. He said his country had defences that would “suprise” its antagonists. Photograph: AP

Western envoys have told opposition Syrian National Coalition leaders in Istanbul to expect strikes on Damascus within days, as Syrian foreign ministe(...)

Lebanese soldiers stand near the area where rockets were launched from southern Lebanon into Israel, at Housh, Tyre, yesterday. Photograph: Ali Hashisho/Reuters

Israel’s air force bombed a militant target in Lebanon early today in retaliation for a cross-border rocket salvo yesterday, a spokesman said.An Israe(...)

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