An increasingly complicated armed conflict is pitting rebel groups in Syria not only against the regime and its allies, but also against each other

US considers air strikes on Isis in Syria

Pentagon deploys spy drones in readiness for attacks

Editorial Comment

Syria’s sham election is a ‘tableau vivant’ of tyranny
Notion west can deal with Syrian leader must be rejected
Gains by the jihadis are tearing the country apart

Use Assad to defeat Isis, says Rifkind

Senior British MP warns against being ‘squeamish’ about methods

Mystery of drop into Isis military base

Raid on camp with secret prison may have been US rescue

Cameron fails to calm Isis policy doubts

Some dismayed by a lack of coherent thinking over the Middle East

Isis continues to make gains in Syria

Assad and rival rebels face daunting task to rein in Islamists

Move against Maliki deepens Iraq crisis

Choice of Abadi dubbed ‘promising step forward’ by Obama

Tribes rule Mideast as old order crumbles

Old order had already started to crumble along sectarian lines

Isis and Assad push rebels near to collapse

Disparate units see merger as last chance to survive

Isis seizes east Syrian border town

Jihadis continue to carve out proto-state by erasing frontiers

Obama plans funding for Syrian rebels

President will seek $500m in 2015 defence budget

Iraq alliances twisted by Syria conflict

Baghdad edges nearer Damascus as Sunnis support rebellion

Syrians on edge as elections held

Worries persist that presidential poll will spark more violence

Assad claims third term in office

Syrian opposition dubs poll ‘a blood election’

Q&A: Syria’s election

Will the poll held during a civil war change anything?

Iran sees Assad poll as regional boost

Some in Tehran caution that victory will worsen situation in Syria

Thousands of Syrians in Lebanon vote

Many appeared to back President Bashar al-Assad

Weapons inspectors attacked in Syria

Team members unharmed as they attempted to reach rebel-held town

Rebels kill Syria’s air defence chief

Death a psychological blow to Bashar al-Assad’s forces

UN Syria envoy Brahimi to step down

Resignation amid deep divisions over three-year civil war

Rebels trade tips on staving off starvation

‘Blockade meals’ site for Syrians mixes humour and cooking tips