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

Arab-Kurd divisions blunt Raqqa offensive

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

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epa05212821 A handout picture made available by the Russian Defence Ministry shows Russian warplanes and military personnel at the the Syrian Hmeymim airbase, outside Latakia, Syria, 15 March 2016. First group of Russian warplanes left the Hmeymim airbase for permanent location airfields in Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of the majority of Russian troops from Syria on March 15. EPA/RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY / HANDOUT BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES ©EPA
Russia’s military intervention has done little to halt the civil war
epa05166990 A handout picture provided by the Turkish President's Press Office on 17 February 2016 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking on various topics during a meeting with representatives of local authorities at the Presidential Palace, in Ankara, Turkey, 17 February 2016. EPA/TURKISH PRESIDENT PRESS OFFICE/HANDOUT ©EPA
Turkey’s president must stop meddling in the maelstrom next door
TOPSHOT - Refugees push each other as they wait for tents as Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait on February 6, 2016 in Bab-Al Salam, near the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish border crossing. Thousands of Syrians were braving cold and rain at the Turkish border Saturday after fleeing a Russian-backed regime offensive on Aleppo that threatens a fresh humanitarian disaster in the country's second city. Around 40,000 civilians have fled their homes over the regime offensive, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor. / AFP / BULENT KILICBULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images ©AFP
Syria’s crisis is set to be bigger and nastier. We can no longer look the other way

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

Syrian peace talks founder

Scepticism at calls for UN air drops to besieged areas

Top Hizbollah commander killed in Syria

Most significant blow since last military chief assassinated in 2008

Plummeting Syrian currency provokes anger at regime

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

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

Turkey realises Syrian refugees are staying

Sanliurfa region makes plans for 410,000 fugitives from war

Fading ceasefire brings carnage to Aleppo

US and Russia press warring parties to pull back from destruction

US to send 250 more troops to Syria

Special operations deployment heralds assault on Isis strongholds

Syrian protesters brave the streets

Rallies against Assad a reminder of early days of uprising

Syrian peace talks close to collapse

Opposition announces ‘pause’ in participation in Geneva negotiations

Iran deploys army to Syria

Regular soldiers sent abroad for the first time since 1979

Assad delays peace talks for elections

UN envoy wants political transition discussed in Geneva session

Syria rebel groups claw back territory

Opposition regains momentum after regime’s capture of Palmyra

Syrian forces retake Palmyra from Isis

Three-week offensive backed by Russia turns tide against jihadis

Russia and US to renew Syria peace push

Assad the stumbling block despite upbeat Kerry-Putin meeting