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  1. April 15, 2014

    Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief replaced

    Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief has stepped down after two years marked by perceived failure in Syria and souring...

  2. April 13, 2014

    Gas attack on Syrian village renews fears over chemical weapons

    Reports of gas attacks on a rural village in Syria have demonstrated how non-conventional arms remain a threat in the...

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  1. Arab World: Banking & Finance 2012

    Financial services in Arab countries may not always be straightforward but appear more...
  2. Defence

    Western defence companies are on the back foot as deep cuts work their way through the...
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  1. FT Photo Diary

    April 3, 2014

    Rebel fighter in Damascus

    Bassam Khabieh/Reuters A rebel fighter gestures as he runs across a street in the Mleha suburb of Damascus, during what...

  2. The World

    April 2, 2014

    Misinformation maligns Syrian uprising

    The aftermath of a barrel bombing by Bashar al-Assad’s government in Aleppo on March 18 (Getty) Earlier this week the...

  3. March 24, 2014

    Shia fighters tip balance in Assad’s favour in Syria

    Shia Muslim foreign fighters motivated by an increasingly politicised religious identity are coming to Syria to fight for...

  4. March 16, 2014

    Syrian forces retake border town in blow to opposition

    Syrian forces backed by the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah, seized most of the opposition’s last stronghold on the...

  5. March 5, 2014

    Israel shoots Hizbollah fighters as tensions rise in Golan

    Israel’s military shot two Hizbollah fighters on Wednesday morning that it said were attempting to plant a bomb near the...

  6. The A-List

    March 5, 2014

    The Saudis and Pakistan’s strategic shift on Syria

    At the behest of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan has made a strategic shift from its so far neutral position on Syria’s civil war –...

  7. February 28, 2014

    Rebels oust jihadi group Isis from Azaz in northern Syria

    Moderate rebels in northern Syria on Friday wrested control of a major border transit point from an extremist al-Qaeda...

  8. February 20, 2014

    US calculus on Syria must change again to press Assad

    This and last month’s UN-convened talks in Geneva between Syria’s government and rebels managed to under-deliver on already...

  9. February 18, 2014

    Syria opposition lobbies Washington for weapons after talks fail

    Syria’s main opposition group is stepping up efforts to convince the US government to give rebels fighting the regime of...

  10. February 14, 2014

    ‘Barrels of death’ rock Syria peace talks

    Forces loyal to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad have pummelled the city of Aleppo with deadly barrel bombs over the...

  11. FT Photo Diary

    February 13, 2014

    Barrel bombs in Aleppo

    Mahmoud Hebbo/Reuters A child stands amid the rubble of damaged buildings at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel...

  12. February 8, 2014

    Mortar fire delays Homs aid mission

    UN-led efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to a rebel-held, besieged district of central Homs were delayed on Saturday by...

  13. FT Photo Diary

    February 6, 2014

    Free Syrian Army fighters prepare mortar shells

    Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters Free Syrian Army fighters prepare mortar shells before launching them towards forces loyal to...

  14. February 4, 2014

    Saudi Arabia cracks down on youths joining Syria jihadis

    Saudi Arabia will imprison citizens who fight in conflicts abroad as the kingdom seeks to minimise the flow of nationals...

  15. February 3, 2014

    Al-Qaeda disowns Isis as jihadist groups jostle for influence

    Al-Qaeda has formally disowned the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (Isis), in a testament to just how brutal the writ and...

  16. January 31, 2014

    Syria peace talks end without agreement

    The preliminary round of Syrian peace talks in Geneva ended inconclusively on Friday, with representatives of both the...

  17. January 25, 2014

    Police focus on British jihadis fighting in Syria

    British jihadis who have gone to fight in Syria face arrest when they return home, according to one of the UK’s most senior...

  18. January 24, 2014

    Syria peace talks to continue after shaky start

    International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said a first day of face-to-face talks between Syria’s opposing sides had not yielded...

  19. January 23, 2014

    Al-Qaeda chief calls for unity between Islamist groups in Syria

    Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has called for rebel Islamist groups in Syria to stop fighting each other in a further sign...

  20. January 21, 2014

    Syrians view Geneva talks with suspicion and faint hope

    Milk is a precious commodity in Susan Ahmed’s northern Damascus neighbourhood, available perhaps once every three months and...

  21. January 20, 2014

    UN rescinds invitation for Iran to attend Syria peace talks

    The UN on Monday withdrew an invitation for Iran to attend this week’s Syria peace talks just 24 hours after it was issued....

  22. January 17, 2014

    The costs of clandestine talks with Syria’s strongman

    It is the question many Syrians are afraid to ask. With the country turning into a melting pot of foreign jihadis, are...

  23. January 16, 2014

    Grappling with the Syria conundrum

    Ever since the Syrian civil war erupted three years ago, it has been a central plank of western policy that Bashar al-Assad...

  24. January 7, 2014

    Al-Qaeda’s spectre spreads to Iraq

    Two years ago the US withdrew the last of its troops from Iraq, ending a mission that cost thousands of American lives and...

  25. Nick Butler

    December 30, 2013

    Russia advances into the Mediterranean

    Vladimir Putin has finished the year in style, consolidating Russian control in Ukraine and winning easy brownie points for...

  26. December 27, 2013

    Beirut blast kills Lebanese former minister who opposed Assad

    A powerful car bomb has killed a former Lebanese finance minister who served as a top adviser to the country’s main...

  27. December 26, 2013

    A year in a word: Red line – a phrase devalued

    (noun) – a boundary or limit that should not be crossed; and, if it is, only at peril of violent retribution (See also:...

  28. December 26, 2013

    Russia tightens links to Bashar al-Assad with Syria energy deal

    An energy deal between Moscow and Damascus could influence strategic calculations for both the civil war in Syria and the...

  29. FT Photo Diary

    December 18, 2013

    Shelling in Syria

    Saad Abobrahim/Reuters Residents carry an injured man that survived shelling after what activists said was an air strike...

  30. December 16, 2013

    Syria refugees in Lebanon suffer as UN requests funds

    As a biting wind blows across the icy fields of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, Syrian families from the province of Raqqa look...

  31. December 12, 2013

    Afghanistan on the Mediterranean Sea

    Ever since the Syrian civil war erupted three years ago, the US has struggled to establish which among Bashar al-Assad’s...

  32. FT Photo Diary

    December 10, 2013

    Aleppo rescue

    Ammar Abdullah/Reuters A man carries a wounded girl who survived what activists say was an air strike by forces loyal to...

  33. November 29, 2013

    FT interview: Hassan Rouhani

    Iran’s president is visibly cheerful as he strides into a sprawling hall at his pink-marbled palace in Tehran. Impeccably...

  34. November 25, 2013

    Rafsanjani says final Iran deal could come within a year

    Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of Iran’s most influential political leaders, has raised hopes of a comprehensive nuclear deal...

  35. November 25, 2013

    Syria exudes confidence ahead of Geneva peace talks

    Syria says it does not expect any international pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to step down during peace talks in...

  36. November 22, 2013

    Hizbollah tightens grip on Syria conflict

    The Iranian chicken is no longer available in the freezers of the government-subsidised shops in Damascus, but the memory of...

  37. November 21, 2013

    US seeks to woo Russian support at Syrian peace talks

    The US administration is urging Syria’s opposition to identify the people who might form a possible transition government in...

  38. November 12, 2013

    Israel quietly treats Syria war victims

    The patients are brought to hospital, on their own or in groups, with dreadful injuries: severe burns, bones broken, skulls...

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