Syria conflict

Putin and Trump agree on Syria at brief meeting in Vietnam

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet briefly on the sidelines of a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in Vietnam and agree on the need for a political solution to Syria’s conflict.

US diplomats urge military strikes against Syria's Assad

More than 50 State Department diplomats signs an internal memo sharply critical of US policy in Syria, calling for military strikes against President Bashar al-Assad's government to stop its persistent violations of a cease-fire in the country's civil war.

IS 'destroyed aircraft' at Syria base

New satellite imagery appears to reveal extensive damage to a strategically significant airbase in central Syria used by Russian forces after an attack by so-called Islamic State (IS).

Air strike on Syria refugee camp 'kills 28'

At least 28 people are reported to have been killed in an air strike on a refugee camp in rebel-held northern Syria, monitors say.

23 killed in Syria hospital air strikes

At least 23 civilians are killed when missiles hit three hospitals and a school in rebel-held Syrian towns today, residents say, as Russian-backed Syrian troops intensify their push toward the rebel stronghold of Aleppo.

Assad vows to retake all of Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that he intends to retake "the whole country".

IS kills dozens in new Syria assault

Dozens of people have died in an offensive by so-called Islamic State on government-held areas of Deir al-Zour in eastern Syria, local media say.

Russia air strikes ‘kill 200 Syria civilians’

At least 200 civilians are killed in Russian air strikes in Syria, an Amnesty International report says, quoting witnesses and activists.

Kerry seeks end to Syria ‘war hell’

The US is intensifying diplomatic efforts to end the "hell" of Syria's civil war even as it increases support for moderate rebels, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

September 14, 2015
September 14, 2015

Ending Syria war ‘key to migrant crisis’

Ending the conflict in Syria and Iraq is key to solving the migrant crisis facing Europe, a senior US official tells the BBC.

September 3, 2015
September 3, 2015

Middle East wars deprive 13m children of education: UN

The UN has said that conflicts in the Middle East are depriving more than 13 million children of an education.