Russia’s partial withdrawal

Russian president Vladimir Putin has ordered his armed forces to start pulling out of Syria after a six-month campaign, claiming that their objectives had largely been met and it was time to focus on peace talks

Diplomats speak truth to power on Syria

The only surprise is that opposition to policy has not surfaced earlier, writes Richard Haass

Explainer

A fighter with an Islamist group seen through the shattered windows of a bus in Aleppo, Syria. ©Reuters
The FT maps out the regional and global actors in the conflict, and their interrelationships
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US diplomats urge strikes on Syria regime

Call for military action to force Assad to seek settlement

Military might alone will not defeat Isis

Even if the battlefield operations go swimmingly, the politics are very unpromising

Syrian advance raises fear of race for Raqqa

Isis ‘capital’ threatened by Assad regime and US-backed militias

Raqqa risks pitting Russia against the US

Efforts to recapture the Isis stronghold are fraught with strategic danger, writes William Wallis

UN under pressure to start Syria aid airdrops

Alternative to blocked convoys to besieged areas faces problems

Belgium: Journeys to jihad

The trial of one of Brussels’ most notorious terror recruiters revealed the depth of the challenges facing Belgian security forces

US-backed Syrian force targets Isis area

Part of drive to retake Manbij pocket along Turkish border

America’s ties could win friends for Isis

The US has privileged a tactical victory over a strategic one, writes Hassan Hassan

Isis surprise attack wins Syrian rebel territory

Significant push toward Turkish border threatens supply corridor

Arab-Kurd divisions blunt Raqqa offensive

US struggles to muster coherent force to loosen militant grip on bastion

Isis claims responsibility for Syria bombs

Four blasts hit Jableh and three hit Tartus, an Assad stronghold

Syrians use pedal power for electricity

Alternative energy sources include solar panels and bicycle-powered generators

Syria rebel infighting aids regime advance

Forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad exploit strife to close on Damascus

An inconvenient truth and a line in sand

Outsiders are often blamed for the ruinous state of the region

Ottoman legacy dies hard in Middle East

Even devotees of centralised rule concede they may have to give ground to federalism

Syrian peace talks founder

Scepticism at calls for UN air drops to besieged areas as rebels and Assad forces step up campaigns

Syrian refugees boost Turkey’s economy

Since 2011, 4,000 new businesses have been set up by Syrians

Obama camp tilts at foreign policy dogma

Swipes at establishment old guard set strategy task for Clinton

Plummeting Syrian currency provokes anger at regime

Economy has steadily deteriorated since the start of the five-year civil war

13 Iranians killed in Syria fighting

Regime loses strategic town south of Aleppo

Dozens killed in Syria camp air strike

Death toll among internally displaced people feared to rise

US and Russia deadlocked over Assad fate

Syrian president’s future overshadows progress at peace talks

US and Russia extend Syria ceasefire

Agreement over city of Aleppo which has seen fierce fighting

Delivering peace in Syria

For all the mistrust, the two powers must work together

Turkey realises Syrian refugees are staying

Sanliurfa region makes long-terms plans for 410,000 fugitives from war across the border

Fading ceasefire brings carnage to Aleppo

US and Russia press warring parties to pull back from destruction

Aleppo has become a focus for Russia

As Isis diverts US, Assad is busily destroying his opposition

US to send 250 more troops to Syria

Special operations deployment raises prospect of assaults on Isis strongholds

Syrian protesters brave the streets

Rallies against Assad a reminder of early days of uprising

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