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post 19 August 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Palmyra's Khaled Asaad: 'I was born here, I will die here'

A colleague in Damascus has spoken to his family, who explained how they feel he was betrayed by 'neighbours'.

article 25 June 2015 World, Syria
CCTV footage of Kobani car bomb attack by Islamic State
Islamic State twin assault on Kobani and al-Hasakah

The Islamic State group returns to attack the Syrian border town of Kobani, five months after it was driven out by Kurdish forces. IS is also moving on districts of al-Hasakah, in eastern Syria.

post 19 June 2015
Read more from Jonathan Miller on his blog Israel's Mark Regev: UN war crimes inquiry 'a kangaroo court'

With its report into last summer's Gaza conflict expected shortly, Israel repeats its claim that the UN inquiry into whether war crimes were committed in there is a "kangaroo court".

post 18 June 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Syria's remaining hospitals under bombardment

It appears that the already severely degraded medical services available to civilians in Syria are diminishing fast under assault from barrel bombs.

post 14 April 2015
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog Fears for Irish teenager Ibrahim Halawa, behind bars in Egypt

The plight of the Al-Jazeera three has focused the spotlight on the dark side of the Egyptian regime, including the case of Irish citizen Ibrahim Halawa.

post 31 March 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Iran nuclear deal could have unintended consequences for US

For the Saudis, Iran - not Islamic State - is the greatest danger in the Middle East. So nuclear détente between Iran and the US will not be cost-free.

post 16 March 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog On the front line of Islamic State's war on history

Graffiti sprayed last year on the ruins of Cyrene, in Libya, reads: "Destroy the Idols". Islamists, including Islamic State militants, see such pre-Islamic structures as sacrilege.

post 16 March 2015
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog Is it the end of the road for Tony Blair as Middle East envoy?

If Tony Blair was ever considered an honest broker as Middle East envoy, it is a title he may well have lost - even if most of what has gone wrong is not his fault.

article 28 January 2015 World, Israel
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Two Israeli soldiers killed in Hezbollah attack

A day of bloodshed on Israel's border with Lebanon and Syria leaves two Israeli soldiers and one UN peacekeeper dead and raises fears of a conflict between the IDF and Hezbollah.