Syrian Civil War

A cloud of smoke rises following an air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held area of Douma
20 Mar, 2015

Civilians are suffering in darkness as the conflict rumbles on. How did the country get into such a mess?

Columnist Venetia Rainey
07 Jan, 2015

The world cannot rely on Syria’s neighbours to carry the entire burden of the refugee crisis

Columnist Venetia Rainey
05 Dec, 2014

But while West is keen to help Lebanese take on IS, donor fatigue means Syrian refugees will go hungry

Columnist Venetia Rainey
20 Nov, 2014

Five good reasons why the West and Iran should come to an agreement – and the sooner the better

Syrian rebels take cover behind a barricade in Aleppo
14 Aug, 2014

Islamic State militants and Assad's forces encircle Aleppo in what could be tipping point of civil war

Militants brandish their weapons in Iraq
17 Jul, 2014

As jihadist warns of 'black flag of Islam over Downing St', a Q&A on the risks for the West

Syrian rebels take cover behind a barricade in Aleppo
04 Jul, 2014

Secret plan came from army top brass: create rebel army so Syrians could defeat Assad themselves