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The Syrian army has targeted a rebel-held pocket north of Homs with airstrikes for the second day running, killing eight people, as residents fear a large-scale escalation.

Interview: The author and journalist spoke to Andy Heintz about how Syria came to be the intractable conflict it now appears to be.

Systematic sexual abuse perpetrated in Syria

Umar Lateef Misgar

Systematic sexual abuse perpetrated in Syria

In-depth: The Assad regime uses rape of women and men, girls and boys, as a weapon of war, but opposition groups are also guilty of abuses, reports Umar Lateef Misgar.

Photoblog: Free Syrian Army takes over Afrin

Aaref Watad

Photoblog: Free Syrian Army takes over Afrin

See in pictures: Syrian rebels, supported by the Turkish military, have managed to wrest control of the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin. Aaref ...

Syria slams Turkish 'occupation' of Afrin

The New Arab & agencies

Syria slams Turkish 'occupation' of Afrin

Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies captured Afrin from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on Sunday, after a two-month offensive on the ...

The New Arab & agencies

YPG vow guerrilla war to retake Afrin

Kurdish forces have vowed to take back Afrin and said they will pursue a campaign of hit and run tactics against a Turkish-led force that recently capture key YPG territories.

The New Arab

Turkish and Syrian rebel force captures Afrin from YPG

Turkish and Syrian rebel troops have taken control of the YPG-held city of Afrin, ending the nearly two-month campaign in northwest Syria.

Adi Smajić & Paul McLoughlin

Kurdish self-rule in northwest Syria 'enters its final days'

Kurdish-Afrin has been surrounded by Turkish and Syrian rebel forces and appears about to fall in the coming days. Adi Smajić and Paul ...

The New Arab

Eastern Ghouta under fierce bombardment in new regime assault

Syrian regime troops have entered an Eastern Ghouta town after intense bombardments including the use of chemical weapons, activists say.

In Afrin, Turkey has the YPG out-gunned and under-resourced

James Snell

In Afrin, Turkey has the YPG out-gunned and under-resourced

Comment: Turkey and its allies now stand on the brink of a limited military victory in Afrin, but the cost to civilians has been high, writes ...

Aaref Watad

Free Syrian Army advances in Aleppo

With the support of the Turkish army, the FSA now controls Jondiers in Aleppo province. All photos by Aaref Watad.

Rebels prepare for battle in Syria's south

The New Arab

Rebels prepare for battle in Syria's south

Syrian rebels in Daraa are reportedly preparing for battle against the regime and Iranian militias.

Turkey seizes Jinderes as Afrin offensive ramps up

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey seizes Jinderes as Afrin offensive ramps up

The Turkish military along with FSA fighters seized control of Jinderes on Thursday.

Turkey must win Afrin quickly, or risk its border

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Turkey must win Afrin quickly, or risk its border

Comment: Once again, the YPG has callously prioritised their relationship with the Syrian regime over the Syrian people, who have been ...

International powers scramble to manipulate Afrin for geopolitical gains

Bashdar Ismaeel

International powers scramble to manipulate Afrin for geopolitical gains

Analysis: Afrin has become a theatre for regional and global powers to wield influence, extract concessions to boost their goals in Syria, and ...

Paul Iddon

The US and Turkey's long-term plans for northern Syria

Agendas in northern Syria appear to be converging into a single policy: Maintaining long-term foreign presences on the ground, writes Paul Iddon.

Paul Iddon

The convoluted geopolitics of the battle for Afrin

Analysis: The Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria is coming under fire from all sides, writes Paul Iddon.

Paul Iddon

The war in Syria is entering a new phase

Analysis: With the Islamic State group and domestic opposition largely crushed, foreign powers continue to jostle for power and influence in ...

The New Arab

Syrian regime allows cornered IS to escape to Idlib

Syrian regime troops have allowed a small enclave or Islamic State group fighters to escape to begin an offensive on rebels in Idlib province.

Afrin: How far will Turkey's operation against Kurds go?

Paul Iddon

Afrin: How far will Turkey's operation against Kurds go?

Despite Ankara's long held goal of destroying Kurdish groups, operation Olive Branch will likely remain confined to Afrin.

James Snell

Turkey's Afrin offensive is not about Islamic State

Comment: The justification Turkey offered for its Afrin offensive - that it was fighting the Islamic State group as well as the YPG - is ...

Erdogan vows 'quick end' to Afrin operation in Syria

The New Arab & agencies

Erdogan vows 'quick end' to Afrin operation in Syria

Turkish troops moved into a Kurdish-controlled region in Syria on Sunday morning, as President Erdogan vowed a quick end to the operation

Turkish forces enter Syria's Kurdish-held Afrin canton

The New Arab & agencies

Turkish forces enter Syria's Kurdish-held Afrin canton

Turkish troops, whose number was not specified, are advancing alongside Syrian rebel fighters towards the Kurdish-held town of Afrin, state ...

Turkey starts ground offensive against Kurdish forces in Afrin Turkey starts ground offensive against Kurdish forces in Afrin

The New Arab

Turkey starts ground offensive against Kurdish forces in Afrin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced the 'de-facto' start of a ground operations in Syria's Afrin, warning the Kurdish-held town ...

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