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The battle for Syria

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

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article 22 September 2014 World, Syria
Kurdish Syrian refugee at Turkey border
Kurds flee Islamic State advance - live from Turkey border

More than 130,000 Kurds flee from Syria into Turkey as they escape an advance by brutal jihadi group Islamic State, including reports of beheadings.

post 18 September 2014
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog Does new IS video offer some sort of grim good news?

The latest Islamic State film, of Briton John Cantlie, does not show his last moments. Is this a major change in the jihadist group's tactics?

article 10 September 2014 World, Syria
Chlorine attack
Syrian government continues 'horrific chemical attacks'

Syria's government is continuing to use chemical weapons in its war against rebels and jihadist groups, a new OPCW report finds.

post 05 September 2014
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog Putting a Muslim face on a new coalition of the willing

The emphasis at the Nato summit has been on forming a new Iraqi government and putting a Muslim, regional face on any "coalition of the willing".

post 02 September 2014
Read more from Jonathan Rugman his blog Chilling message of the latest IS murder video

The timing of the release of the latest Islamic State video, showing Steven Sotloff's murder, suggests the lives of other western hostages could be at risk.

article 22 August 2014 World, Syria
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Syria deaths at 191,000: 'It's not a number, it's people'

The number of people to die in Syria has risen to over 191,000 in three years, but the conflict has "dropped off the international radar", says the United Nations commissioner.

post 19 August 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Islamic State: how western policy is scrambling to catch up

Some say the US and Europe should, while holding their noses, embrace Assad. That may not only be distasteful but also self-defeating: Assad has engineered this situation.

article 13 August 2014 World, Iraq
Syria map as Islamic State advances in Syria
by Heading for Armageddon? Islamic State advances in Syria

Islamic State Twitter accounts report a major victory in Syria, bringing the jihadist group closer to the Turkish border - and an ancient town associated with the countdown to Armageddon.

post 12 August 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog It's complicated: who's on whose side in Syria and Iraq

There are so many different power blocs and interest groups in Iraq and Syria that it is almost impossible to predict where events might lead.