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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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):...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. April 23, 2014

    Role for Assad likely in any Syria peace deal, says Tony Blair

    Tony Blair has dismayed Downing Street by suggesting that Bashar al-Assad may have to remain in place as the “interim”...

  25. April 21, 2014

    US to probe claims of Syria chemical weapons use

    Washington has indications that a “toxic industrial chemical” was used in a Syrian village dominated by the opposition and...

  26. April 20, 2014

    Assad takes Easter trip to Christian town in rare public outing

    President Bashar al-Assad made an Easter visit on Sunday to a historic Christian town recaptured by the army, in a rare...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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 –...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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...

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