Special Reports

The battle for Syria

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



article 12 March 2015 World, Syria
Syria's lights go out - satellite images show devastation

Four years of civil war have plunged the country in to darkness - with new analysis of satellite imagery showing that 83 per cent of lights in the country have gone out.

article 11 March 2015 World, Israel
Muhammad Musallam's mother after execution by Islamic State
Islamic State child 'executes Israeli spy' in new video

The Islamic State group posts a video showing a child executing a man accused of joining the jihadi group in order to spy on it for Israeli security services.

article 27 February 2015 UK, Somalia
Jamal Osman by Security services and the road to radicalisation

It has been commented on that - like the Woolwich killers  the British security services had a file on Mohammed Emwazi. Here, Channel 4 News Africa reporter Jamal Osman describes his own experiences.

article 26 February 2015 UK, Iraq
Why was 'Jihadi John' unmasked?

How did the alleged identity of Islamic State's most wanted suspect fall into the public domain on Thursday morning? And where does the UK go from here in the fight against Islamic State?

article 24 February 2015 World, Syria
Missing London schoolgirls 'crossed into Syria' - police

Three missing schoolgirls from east London, thought to have left the country to join the Islamic State group, are now believed to have crossed into Syria, police say.

article 24 February 2015 World, Syria
Aleppo destruction, before and after images. Photo credit: Varun Shiv Kapoor and Reuters
Aleppo's devastation: before and after images

One of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world is now in ruins after four years at the centre of Syria's bloody war. Drag the cursor across each image to see the destruction.

post 18 February 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Ceasefire in Aleppo: best option for civilians but proof of rebel despair?

The Syrian government knows it's in a strong position. If the rebels don't agree the ceasefire, they may be crushed. Previous 'local ceasefires' have been a euphemism for surrender.

article 18 February 2015 World, Syria
Syria: 'hope' but 'no illusions' over Aleppo ceasefire

The Syrian government has said it is willing to suspend its aerial bombardment and artillery shelling of the northern city of Aleppo so a local ceasefire can be tested, a UN mediator says.

video 11 February 2015 World, Belgium

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The trial of the absent jihadis - video

Brian De Mulder, a "sporty and outgoing" 21-year-old, is among 46 Islamist extremists sentenced in Belgium today. Like many of his co-defendants he was not there - presumed to be in Syria, or dead.