Civilians are suffering in darkness as the conflict rumbles on. How did the country get into such a mess?
Washington confirms it has lost contact with an unmanned aircraft, but says it's not clear if the surveillance plane was attacked
Family of victim Muhammad Said Ismail Musallam deny Islamic State claims that he was an Israeli spy
UN Security Council members should lose veto power on humanitarian issues, group says
A sizeable minority in Egypt and Libya, Coptic Christians attach great importance to prayer and fasting
Syrian President says regime has no plans to work with US and denies ever using barrel bombs
Celebratory gunfire echoed across the strategic border town as Kurdish forces raised their flag in victory
Young Syrian actor challenges president to brave the cold with country's suffering refugees
Extent of Turkey's commitment to the fight will 'hang in the background' at session in Washington
All-female militia is protecting the Kurdish population from militants – as well as challenging gender roles
Attacks will prompt 'relief' for government after fanfare of air strikes vote, but 'anxiety' for hostages
US launches attacks on Islamic State without UN mandate or consent from the Syrian regime
From Croation pistols to American semi-automatic rifles, Islamic State has no shortage of weapons
William Hague makes it clear that prior approval from Parliament would not be necessary
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And why the PM must accept that destroying the Sunni fanatics will necessitate 'boots on the ground'
House arrest measures needed, says Carlile, and Clegg 'was wrong to block snooper's charter'
Cameron appears to agree with John Humphrys that his holiday was 'unseemly' after beheading
Islamic State militants and Assad's forces encircle Aleppo in what could be tipping point of civil war