Special Reports

The battle for Syria

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



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.

article 27 February 2015 UK, Somalia
Jamal Osman by Security services and the road to radicalisation

It has been commented on that - like the Woolwich killers  the British security services had a file on Mohammed Emwazi. Here, Channel 4 News Africa reporter Jamal Osman describes his own experiences.

article 26 February 2015 UK, Iraq
Why was 'Jihadi John' unmasked?

How did the alleged identity of Islamic State's most wanted suspect fall into the public domain on Thursday morning? And where does the UK go from here in the fight against Islamic State?

article 24 February 2015 World, Syria
Missing London schoolgirls 'crossed into Syria' - police

Three missing schoolgirls from east London, thought to have left the country to join the Islamic State group, are now believed to have crossed into Syria, police say.

article 24 February 2015 World, Syria
Aleppo destruction, before and after images. Photo credit: Varun Shiv Kapoor and Reuters
Aleppo's devastation: before and after images

One of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world is now in ruins after four years at the centre of Syria's bloody war. Drag the cursor across each image to see the destruction.