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    1. February 5, 2016

      Ban blames Russia for collapse of Syria talks

      Devastating Russian air raids in Syria last week caused the collapse of peace talks in Geneva, said UN...

    2. February 4, 2016

      Syria peace hopes fade with Russian-backed push for Aleppo

      Officially, Syria’s peace talks may be “paused”, but restarting them looks near impossible as Syria’s Russian-backed...

    3. February 4, 2016

      World leaders pledge billions in aid for Syria

      World leaders gathered in London on Thursday pledged billions of dollars in aid for refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war,...

    4. January 31, 2016

      Putin wants to bomb in Syria and talk in Geneva

      As the UN scrambled last week to shepherd Syria’s warring parties to talks in Geneva on a transition out of the...

    5. January 30, 2016

      Main Syrian opposition team heads to Geneva as peace talks open

      AMMAN/GENEVA, Jan 30 — A delegation from Syria’s main opposition group has flown to Geneva to assess whether to join...

    6. January 28, 2016

      Blow to peace talks as Syrian opposition refuses to attend

      Syria’s main opposition will not be at the opening of peace talks in Geneva on Friday, in a blow to a conference whose...

    7. January 26, 2016

      Isis empowered by shifting forces in southern Syria

      Just above the confluence of the Rakad and Yarmouk rivers, on a high ridge of land in southern Syria, a new military...

    8. January 8, 2016

      Dozens die of hunger in besieged Syrian town

      Dozens of people have died of hunger in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya and more than 20,000 are at risk of...

    9. The Exchange

      January 5, 2016

      Saudi clash with Iran rashly complicates Mideast affairs

      Even before the rash decision to execute the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the Middle East was being riven by failed...

    10. December 28, 2015

      Hundreds of civilians and fighters evacuated from Syria

      Hundreds of fighters and civilians were evacuated from two besieged areas of Syria on Monday in a UN-brokered deal...

    11. December 23, 2015

      Amnesty says Russian strikes on Syria may amount to war crimes

      Amnesty International says Russian air strikes in Syria may amount to war crimes after gathering reports on hundreds of...

    12. December 20, 2015

      Israel shelled after militant Samir Kantar dies in Syria strike

      Rockets were fired into Israel from southern Lebanon on Sunday evening, hours after a suspected Israeli air strike...

    13. December 20, 2015

      Clinton and Democrats pounce on Trump in debate

      Hillary Clinton and her Democratic White House rivals clashed sharply on Saturday on issues from Isis and Syria to the...

    14. December 18, 2015

      UN Security Council unites on Syria peace plan

      The UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution on Friday that calls for a ceasefire in the Syrian civil war...

    15. December 18, 2015

      Kerry walks high wire in talks with Putin

      As the Syrian civil war drags in more countries, John Kerry is testing the limits of one of the most vexed issues in...

    16. December 9, 2015

      Centre of Syria’s revolution falls to Damascus

      Rebels are leaving their last stronghold in the Syrian city of Homs in a truce that gives President Bashar al-Assad...

    17. December 4, 2015

      Britain’s bombing against Isis: 5 questions

      Britain launched its first air strikes on Syria just hours after MPs endorsed David Cameron’s plan to bomb Isis targets...

    18. December 3, 2015

      How history echoes Syria’s unholy war

      The Middle East reminds us that there is nothing so unholy as a holy war. Europe learnt this in the 17th century....

    19. December 2, 2015

      UK Syria vote is more relief than turning point

      The vote by a substantial majority in the British parliament to support Her Majesty’s Government taking military...

    20. December 1, 2015

      Success in Syria depends on influence in Moscow

      Galvanised by the attacks on Paris, politicians across the west are focused on how to tackle Isis with bombs and boots...

    21. November 27, 2015

      Cameron’s case for action on Syria merits support

      Nearly two years after it took control of the Syrian city of Raqqa, there can be no doubt about the grave threat posed...

    22. November 27, 2015

      France signals softer stance on Assad after Russia talks

      A week of frantic diplomacy spearheaded by French president François Hollande has brought closer military coordination...

    23. November 26, 2015

      How not to deal with a humbled Putin

      I wonder what happened to Vladimir Putin the grandmaster? I had given up counting the commentaries casting the Russian...

    24. November 26, 2015

      Cameron’s cunning plan for bombing Isis in Syria

      David Cameron has announced his intention to seek parliamentary approval for Britain to join the international forces...

    25. November 25, 2015

      US accuses Syria of buying oil from Isis

      The US on Wednesday accused Syria of buying oil from the Islamist militants of Isis and imposed sanctions on a Syrian...

    26. The Exchange

      November 25, 2015

      For Russia and Turkey, prevention is better than escalation

      It was only a matter of time. Sooner or later Moscow’s irresponsible military behaviour was going to lead to an...

    27. November 23, 2015

      Iran and Russia reiterate support for Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

      Iran’s Supreme Leader said on Monday that the US had “no right” to remove Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and...

    28. November 23, 2015

      A case for rapprochement with Russia

      In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, two pictures sent a powerful message about how international politics are...

    29. November 22, 2015

      West sees more hope of Syria political deal with Moscow

      Western diplomats are growing increasingly hopeful about the prospect of a political deal over the future of Syria...

    30. November 20, 2015

      The west cannot trade Ukraine for help in Syria

      In Parisian cafés and concert halls, and in the skies over Sinai, hundreds of French and Russian citizens have fallen...

    31. November 16, 2015

      Cameron urges Putin to focus on fighting Isis

      David Cameron has urged Vladimir Putin to stop bombing “moderate” opposition forces in Syria and to focus on defeating...

    32. November 15, 2015

      Intelligence failure or not, Germany and Britain are now at risk

      The brutal killings in Paris come on top of the downing of a Russian airliner in Sinai, the bombing of a Hizbollah...

    33. November 14, 2015

      Paris attacks: World powers agree to Syria elections push

      The US, Russia and other world powers agreed a timetable on Saturday for a political process that would lead to new...

    34. November 14, 2015

      Paris attacks: The global consequences

      Every New Yorker and Londoner will instinctively understand what Parisians are going through this morning: a...

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      November 11, 2015

      Putin should make Assad an offer he can't refuse

      To hear some Russia watchers say it, Vladimir Putin will fight to the last Russian air bomb to keep Bashar al-Assad of...

    36. November 10, 2015

      Syria regime forces claim recapture of key airbase

      Syrian government forces fighting Isis militants said they had lifted a three-year siege on a strategically important...

    37. November 3, 2015

      Moscow claims it has won allies among Syria rebels

      Moscow says it has won over some members of Syria’s armed opposition as allies in a joint fight against terrorist...

    38. November 2, 2015

      Isis claims activist killing in Turkey

      A chill ran through the Syrian activist community in Turkey on Monday after Isis claimed responsibility for two...

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