Special Reports

The battle for Syria

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



article 22 August 2014 World, Syria
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
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.

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.