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    1. October 21, 2014

      Assad still using chemical weapons, say Syrian rebels

      It was yet another missile, one of many fired by the Syrian regime at the rebel-controlled Jobar district of Damascus. But...

    2. October 17, 2014

      Obama faces rising pressure to escalate military campaign against Isis

      Only weeks into a conflict he long shunned, Barack Obama is already coming under pressure to escalate his military campaign...

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    1. FT Photo Diary

      October 7, 2014

      Pro Assad forces regain Hama

      George Ourfalian/Reuters Forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad burn a flag of al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in Zor...

    2. October 6, 2014

      Turkey demands US target Assad as price of co-operation

      Turkey has demanded that the US take military action against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad as a condition...

    3. October 2, 2014

      The fatal flaw in the west’s fight against Isis

      Istanbul has lost none of its magical energy. Turkey, though, has mislaid its geopolitical compass. Not so long ago, Recep...

    4. September 25, 2014

      Bashar al-Assad seeks to reap benefits from US-led raids in Syria

      In Syria’s media war, the Assad government is playing to win. Even as US officials insist they are not helping their Syria’s...

    5. FT Photo Diary

      September 25, 2014

      Damage in Douma

      Bassam Khabieh/Reuters Residents inspect a damaged site after what activists say were four air strikes by forces loyal to...

    6. FT Photo Diary

      September 19, 2014

      Aleppo rescue

      Hosam Katan/Reuters A man carries an injured child after what activists said were barrel bombs were dropped by forces of...

    7. FT Photo Diary

      September 17, 2014

      Surviving Damascus

      Badra Mamet/Reuters Residents carry an injured man after what activists said were two air strikes by forces of Syria’s...

    8. The A-List

      September 16, 2014

      US must work harder to win over Arab regimes on Isis

      The US administration is trying to convince its populace and the world that it is successfully forging a new alliance in the...

    9. September 3, 2014

      Turkey’s clampdown on Isis bearing fruit in border areas

      Turkey has tightened control of its border to cut the flow of funds and fighters to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant...

    10. August 31, 2014

      Israel shoots down drone in Golan as security worsens

      Israel’s air force shot down a drone that entered its airspace from Syria on Sunday, in another sign of deteriorating...

    11. August 29, 2014

      Choose enemies carefully but be less picky about allies

      Perhaps the most duplicated photograph in diplomatic history shows Chairman Mao Zedong smiling benignly at Henry Kissinger,...

    12. August 27, 2014

      Syria’s opposition should steel itself to wait, not fight

      Professional mediators maintain that parties to a conflict have an incentive to enter serious negotiations only when they...

    13. August 26, 2014

      Look to Syria to halt the deadly march of Isis

      The US and much of the world have been rudely awakened to the fact that the group formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq...

    14. August 21, 2014

      US and allies must join Assad to defeat Isis, warns British MP

      The US and its allies must be prepared to work with the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to have any hope of defeating the...

    15. August 17, 2014

      Isis continues to make gains in Syria despite pressures in Iraq

      The advances by US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Iraq may comfort those living in the country’s semi-autonomous...

    16. August 12, 2014

      Parliament must address Iraq crisis

      In 2011 British MPs were recalled from their summer holidays to discuss urban riots breaking out across their country. Last...

    17. August 12, 2014

      War-weary America has to show its steel in Iraq

      What the world saw last Thursday evening was an American president torn between personal preferences and cold reality. The...

    18. FT Photo Diary

      August 11, 2014

      Injured in Syria

      Rami Zayat/Reuters An injured man reacts at a damaged site hit by what activists said were two barrel bombs thrown by forces...

    19. July 1, 2014

      Saudis name top intelligence chief

      Prince Khalid bin Bandar al-Saud, a senior member of the Saudi royal family, has been named top intelligence chief, as the...

    20. July 1, 2014

      Assad’s attempt to exploit Isis threat looks like a risky game

      Bashar al-Assad and his embattled regime are widely seen to be net beneficiaries from the lightning jihadi strike that has...

    21. June 20, 2014

      Middle East: Falling to pieces

      The surge of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the group known as Isis, poses a threat to all countries in the...

    22. June 11, 2014

      Fall of Mosul encapsulates tragedy of a failed state

      In the wake of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, Mosul was the model case of how to beat an emerging insurgency. David...

    23. FT Photo Diary

      June 10, 2014

      Call to liberate Hama

      Badi Khlif/Reuters Free Syrian Army fighters brandish their weapons in the countryside near Hama, during what activists said...

    24. June 8, 2014

      Iran’s plan for Syria aims to woo Saudi Arabia and the west

      The election in Syria last week that secured Bashar al-Assad a third term as president has been denounced by the opposition...

    25. June 6, 2014

      Western focus turns to homegrown jihadis as terror threat grows

      Western intelligence agencies have handed Turkish authorities the names of nearly 5,000 people they fear are attempting to...

    26. June 5, 2014

      Strongmen are back to dash hopes of the Arab spring

      The Middle Eastern strongman is back. This week, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad staged an election in which he won a landslide...

    27. June 4, 2014

      Assad claims third term in office

      Syrian President Bashar al-Assad won a third term in office with 88.7 of votes on Wednesday, securing what his supporters...

    28. FT Photo Diary

      June 3, 2014

      Syrian presidential elections

      Louai Beshara/AFP A Syrian woman holds a ballot paper showing the portraits of the three presidential candidates (LtoR):...

    29. June 3, 2014

      Syria on edge during presidential elections

      Syria votes Ahmad has been fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad for three years. But he hoped his sister would head...

    30. June 2, 2014

      Iran sees Assad poll as victory over regional rivals

      For Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the certain victory of Bashar al-Assad in a presidential election on Tuesday is a...

    31. FT Photo Diary

      June 2, 2014

      Destruction in Aleppo

      Sultan Kitaz/Reuters A man holds a boy who survived what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria’s...

    32. May 18, 2014

      Rebels kill head of Syria’s air defence force

      The head of Syria’s air defence force has been killed in a rebel attack on the outskirts of Damascus, opposition and...

    33. FT Photo Diary

      May 16, 2014

      Posing with Assad

      Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters A man takes a photo of his friend in front of a poster of Syria‘s President Bashar al-Assad at...

    34. May 13, 2014

      Saudi Arabia moves to ease regional tensions with Iran

      Saudi Arabia has invited Iran’s foreign minister to visit Riyadh to ease tensions between the two Gulf superpowers, which...

    35. FT Photo Diary

      May 13, 2014

      Pro-Assad rally

      Louai Besharal/AFP Syrians wave flags and placards bearing portraits President Bashar al-Assad during a workers’ rally to...

    36. May 7, 2014

      Syria rebels begin pullout from Homs

      Syrian rebels began their withdrawal from the Old City of Homs on Wednesday as part of a deal with the government, leaving...

    37. April 29, 2014

      Elections cannot mask Bashar al-Assad’s vulnerabilities in Syria

      President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has re-emerged in public of late, confident the tide of the vicious civil war that...

    38. April 28, 2014

      Defiant Assad submits candidacy for Syria’s presidential poll

      President Bashar al-Assad has submitted his candidacy for presidential elections set for June 3 even as violence rages in...

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