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The battle for Syria

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



post 14 July 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Today's Iran deal is a triumph for international diplomacy

The most astonishing aspect of today's deal on Iran's nuclear capability is that neither side is negotiating the terms of its defeat.

post 13 July 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Why an Iran nuclear deal could have unintended consequences

A deal on Iran's nuclear programme would be a historic event - but it could come at the expense of angering some of the US's staunchest allies.

article 02 July 2015 World, Iraq
David Cameron with RAF in Cyprus
PM calls for British airstrikes against IS in Syria

In the wake of the Tunisia attack, the prime minister and defence secretary call for MPs to consider if Britain should send its warplanes to bomb the self-styled Islamic State group in Syria.

article 21 June 2015 World, Syria
Islamic State 'plants mines' at ancient Palmyra

The self-proclaimed Islamic State group is reported to have planted mines and bombs in the ancient city of Palmyra world heritage site - home to some of the world's best preserved ancient Roman ruins.

article 10 June 2015 World, Syria
Syria: living under the horrors of barrel bombs in Aleppo

Barrel bombs, indiscriminate weapons responsible for the deaths of 11,000 civilians in the Syrian civil war, are the increasing weapons of choice of the Assad regime.

post 22 May 2015
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog With Syria and Iraq, there is no Plan B - and the omens are not good

It has been a bad week for the American-led "strategy" against militants from so-called Islamic State - a strategy with the US president himself views with great qualms and some reluctance.

article 22 May 2015 World, Syria
Islamic State captures last Syria-Iraq border post

Islamic State fighters are reported to have seized the last border crossing between Syria and Iraq, in the latest advance by the jihadist group against Bashar al-Assad's struggling military.

article 21 May 2015 World, Syria
Palmyra: more than just ancient ruins under Isis control

Concerns are raised over the fate of ancient monuments in the Syrian city of Palmyra - but the victory by the Islamic State group is first and foremost a strategic one.

article 20 May 2015 World, Syria
Palmyra historic city 'taken by Islamic State fighters'

Islamic State militants group claim they are in control of all of the Syrian city of Palmyra, home to one of the world's most important heritage sites, vowing to destroy its priceless treasures.