Special Reports

The battle for Syria

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



article 29 January 2015 World, Syria
Kurdish fighter and young boy on Kobani
Inside Kobani: happiness in a ruined city

From the city of Kobani, where a four month assault by Islamic State fighters has been repelled, Kurdish official Idriss Nassan describes a city crippled by violence, but optimistic about the future.

article 26 January 2015 World, Syria
Kobani on 16 January
Kurds 'take full control' of Kobani from Islamic State

Kurdish forces are reported to have defeated Islamic State fighters to take full control of the symbolic Syrian town of Kobani, in what could be seen as vindication of US-led coalition airstrikes.

post 22 January 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Today's anti-IS meeting is fantasy masquerading as policy

With Iraq riven by sectarianism and corruption, don't expect any public statements from today's London meeting of anti-IS nations to bear much relationship to reality on the ground.

article 06 January 2015 World, Syria
Explosion in Kobani (Reuters)
Islamic State on the ropes in Kobani?

In the crucial battleground of Kobani, in northern Syria, reports say Kurdish fighters now control of 80 per cent of the city - but is this a sign the tide is turning against the Islamic State group?

post 24 December 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog After plane crash, pressure grows for ground troops to be used against IS

Expect Gen Dempsey and many other voices to grow louder in the coming weeks that more must be done with ground forces if IS is to be dislodged.

post 02 December 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki: time to step up the war in Syria

It's startling to hear someone advocate all out warfare: no negotiations with Iran, a campaign to defeat Assad by military means, faith in a "moderate" opposition.

post 19 October 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Armenians in Aleppo regard Turkey as 'first enemy'

At least half of Aleppo's Armenians have left the country. Once again, their community is divided and endangered. And once again, they regard Turkey as the chief cause of their problems.

post 17 October 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Living in Aleppo: half-built buildings with no walls

The physical damage to Aleppo is shocking, but the destruction of people's lives will be much harder to repair.

post 16 October 2014
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Driving through a war zone to Aleppo

Driving to Aleppo, the Springsteen song My City of Ruins began to play in my head. But Aleppo is nowhere near rising up - and it may yet have further to fall.