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US lawmaker makes secret trip to Syria

19 January, 2017

The US congresswoman who has argued for Assad to be kept in power has now taken a trip to Syria, in what her office is calling a "fact-finding" mission.

Residents fear atrocities as IS advances on Deir az-Zour

18 January, 2017

Residents of government-held areas of the Syrian city of Deir az-Zour have expressed fears of mass killings as the Islamic State group continues its advance on the city.

Ahrar al-Sham to stay away from Syria peace talks

18 January, 2017

Key rebel group Ahrar al-Sham said on Wednesday it will not take part in peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week aimed at ending Syria's nearly six-year-old war.

Consequences of Syria war dangerous for everyone, warns Guterres

18 January, 2017

Antonio Guterres, the new UN chief, says the Syrian conflict has triggered instability in the Middle East and terrorist attacks across the world.

Russia-Turkey launch first joint operation targeting IS in Syria

18 January, 2017

Nine Russian and eight Turkish planes took part in the 'first joint air operation' in the area around the Syrian town of al-Bab.

Trump on Syria

18 January, 2017

Blog: A few of The Donald's thoughts on the six-year civil war and world's most significant humanitarian disaster...

Trump washes his hands of Syria

18 January, 2017

Comment: In his recent Times interview, Trump displayed a callous attitude to Syria, and reiterated his deeply flawed plan of a grand US-Russia coalition against IS, writes James Snell.

Iraqi military recapture 'whole' of eastern Mosul

18 January, 2017

Staff General Talib al-Sheghati says the left bank of the Tigris River that divides the city has been 'liberated' and that 'normal life' will return to the saved areas soon.

Can Guterres succeed where Ban Ki-moon didn't?

18 January, 2017

Comment: Guterres will be in a better position to give fresh impetus to the UN political process aimed at finding a political solution to the Sahara conflict, writes Samir Bennis

Iran 'hostile' to US involvement in Syria talks

18 January, 2017

Iranian officials say they are 'hostile' to the presence of the United States joining Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan next week and that they have not invited them.

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