Special Reports

The battle for Syria

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



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.

article 09 October 2014 World, Syria
by Taksim to Kobani: Turkish anarchists defy Syrian border

Turkish anarchists, who made headlines around the world during the battle for Taksim Square, have decamped to the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani to support the fight against the Islamic State.

post 26 September 2014
Read more from Alex Thomson on his blog A wing, a prayer and a US president spouting cliches

The simple and obvious question to ask today is this: would parliament be discussing bombing Iraq for a third war if the USA were not already doing so?

video 23 September 2014 World, Syria

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Syrian Kurd refugees flood into Turkey - video

More than 130,000 Syrian Kurd refugees have crossed into Turkey from the north of Syria in the last three days as they flee Islamic State militants.

article 22 September 2014 World, Syria
Kurdish Syrian refugee at Turkey border
Islamic State advance: 130,000 Kurds flee to Turkey

Turkey closes some of its border crossings with Syria following an influx of more than 100,000 Kurdish refugees in two days, fleeing an advance by the Islamic State.

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?