Special Reports

The battle for Syria

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



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.

post 14 April 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Foreign policy: the ignored debate of election 2015

Labour and the Tories say they'll spend 2 per cent of GDP on defence, as a Nato commitment. Both are pledged to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid. Why? To what end?

article 01 April 2015 World, Syria
Islamic State fighter in al-Zayn
Syria crisis: Islamic State gains ground in Damascus

Islamic State fighters take control of large parts of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus - a sign that the brutal jihadi group's is trying to open a new front in the Syrian capital.

article 28 March 2015 World, Syria
Image posted by rebel group from Idlib
Syria conflict: Islamist rebels 'capture' Idlib

Syrian rebels, including the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusrah Front, claim to have seized control of Idlib - capital of Syria's northwestern province.

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.