Special Reports

The battle for Syria

Inside a secret civil war, Channel 4 News witnesses Syria's bloody fight for freedom.



article 24 July 2014 World, Philippines
Left to right: soldier in Iraq, doctor in Guinea, father in Syria, children in Philippines, security forces in Libya
Gaza, Israel, MH17. And now for the rest of today's news...

As the news channels focused on violence in Gaza and the tragedy of MH17, what else happened? Channel 4 News finds out.

article 08 July 2014 UK, Syria
Darshna Soni by Two Birmingham men plead guilty to Syria jihad

Two men plead guilty to travelling to Syria to join al-Qaeda militants, after they were turned in to police by their worried parents. Home Affairs Correspondent Darshna Soni reports.

article 01 July 2014 World, Iraq
Jihad debate - live on Channel 4 News from northern Syria.
Jihad debate: the Dutch fighter and the British activist

In a live Channel 4 News debate, a jihadi trainer says he is "looking into Isis" but his main aim is ridding Syria of Assad, while a British aid worker warns "someone's going to lash out" in the UK.

article 25 June 2014 World, Syria
by Syria may still have hidden chemical weapons, OPCW admits

The head of the global chemical weapons watchdog tells Channel 4 News it is an "open question" if hidden chemical weapons remain in Syria, two days after the last shipment was supposed to have left.

article 20 June 2014 World, Syria
Scores killed and wounded in Syria car bomb blast

A car bomb in Syria's western Hama province kills 34 and wounds more than 50, Syria's state news agency SANA reports.

article 12 June 2014 World, Iraq
Spoils of war after Isis takes Mosul
Spoils of war: extremists on the rise in Iraq and Syria

Grinning from ear to ear, Syrian extremist rebel commander Abu Omar al-Shishani climbs out of a US-made Humvee - freshly delivered from Iraq where his extremist group is making gains.

article 03 June 2014 World, Syria
Man marks a ballot paper in Syria's presidential elections (Reuters)
Syria votes in 'charade' election

President Bashar al-Assad is widely expected to win a third seven-year term in office, as Syrians head to the polls in the middle of a civil war that has killed more than 160,000 people.

post 03 June 2014
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog Syria's voters hark back to the good old, bad old days

Writing about Syria's election gives it a legitimacy it does not deserve. But the Syrians who vote are mourning the loss of the regime they once knew.

video 17 May 2014 World, Syria

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Syria: rebels and army clash on Damascus outskirts - video

Amateur video purports to show heavy fighting between rebels and Syrian government forces in Deraa, on the outskirts of Damascus.