Syria crisis

Syria preparing chemical weapons in Idlib: US envoy

There is “lots of evidence” that chemical weapons are being prepared by Syrian government forces in Idlib in northwest Syria, the new US adviser for Syria says, as he warns of the risks of an offensive on the country’s last big rebel enclave.

January 17, 2016
January 17, 2016

IS abducts over 400 in east Syria after deadly assault

Jihadists from the Islamic State group abduct more than 400 Syrian civilians after capturing new ground in a major assault on the city of Deir Ezzor.

December 11, 2015
December 11, 2015

Putin vows tough line on Syria threats

President Vladimir Putin orders the Russian military to take "extremely tough" action against any threat to its forces in Syria.

October 20, 2015
October 20, 2015

Russian air strikes 'kill 45 in Syria'

At least 45 people have been killed in Russian air strikes on a rebel-held area of north-western Syria, a monitoring group says.

October 10, 2015
October 10, 2015

Russia, US to hold Syria air talks

Russia is to hold more talks with the US on air safety during the two countries’ Syrian bombing campaigns, says the Pentagon.

September 30, 2015
September 30, 2015

Putin wins parliamentary backing for air strikes in Syria

President Vladimir Putin secures parliament's unanimous backing to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, paving the way for imminent Russian military intervention in its closest Middle East ally.

September 29, 2015
September 29, 2015

Obama, Putin clash over Assad's fate in UN duel

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama accuses each other over Syria in duelling UN speeches, as Moscow and Tehran mounted a fierce defense of Bashar al-Assad.

September 16, 2015
September 16, 2015

Australia launches first air strikes inside Syria

The Australian government has confirmed it has launched its first air strikes inside Syria against targets of the so-called Islamic State (IS).

September 7, 2015
September 7, 2015

Migrant crisis: Why the Gulf states are not letting Syrians in

Images of Syrian refugees stuck at borders and at train stations have spurred on an outcry for more to be done to help those fleeing the war.

September 6, 2015
September 6, 2015

Syria crisis: US concern over Russia 'military build-up'

US Secretary of State John Kerry expresses concern to Moscow over reports of Russian military build-up in Syria, the state department says.

August 17, 2015
August 17, 2015

Syria conflict: UN 'horrified' by attacks on civilians

The UN's humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien says he is "horrified" by the attacks on civilians taking place in Syria.