• Published on 22 Oct 2017 Sections World

    As Britain pledges £10 million in aid for the ruined Syrian city of Raqqa, we hear from several families who’ve lived there since the so-called Islamic State proclaimed it their political capital and survived the brutal battle to drive the jihadists out. Their home was liberated by the mostly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces. Film-maker Gabriel Chaim…

  • Published on 17 Oct 2017 Sections

    Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, chair of the foreign affairs committee, and journalist Rania Abouzeid discuss the fall of Raqqa.

  • Published on 17 Oct 2017 Sections

    After a five-month onslaught backed by US airstrikes, the Syrian Democratic Forces say they have taken full control of Raqqa from the Islamic State. The western backed troops drove IS fighters from their last holdouts this morning, freeing the remaining civilians who had been trapped inside. IS’s capital was one of the final bastions of…

  • Published on 9 Oct 2017 Sections

    Idlib province in north-west Syria has faced an intensive bombing campaign conducted by President Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies. Yesterday an airstrike on a market reportedly killed ten people, including two children. Following a military push by President Assad, backed by Russian airstrikes, he has regained control of half the country. The people of…

  • Published on 21 Sep 2017 Sections World

    In Northern Syria, Kurdish and Arab forces have made major gains against the Islamic State in Raqqa, the capital of their purported Caliphate. The most significant Arab contingent fighting Isis comes from one of the largest tribes in the Middle East – the Shammar.

  • Published on 12 Sep 2017 Sections Politics, World

    We report from Raqqa: It was the capital of their self-styled caliphate for three years, the base from where the Islamic State terrorised the Middle East and planned violent atrocities across Europe. But now Isis may finally be about to be driven out.

  • Published on 12 Sep 2017 Sections Politics, World

    Syria’s agony: Inside Raqqa – the bitter fight to defeat Islamic state.

  • Published on 7 Sep 2017 Sections Israel, World

    Syria has accused Israel of conducting an overnight strike on a military base in Hama province, in the west of the country. A Syrian monitoring group claims missiles may also have targeted a chemical weapons manufacturing facility there.

  • Published on 11 Jul 2017 Sections

    We’ve just returned from Syria, where we’ve been spending time with an elite unit of the Syrian army called the Tiger Forces.

  • Published on 10 Jul 2017 Sections

    If Mosul and the battle for Raqqa are dominating the headlines, the Syrian army has its eye on another battlefield. The key to that is the desert east of Homs that stretches all the way to the Iraqi border. The Syrian army has been focusing its efforts with tank units who are making some astonishing…

  • Published on 10 Jul 2017 Sections

    Defeated in Mosul, driven back in Syria, the last few days have brought fresh hope that the Islamic State forces are now finally on the back foot.

  • Published on 7 Jul 2017 Sections World

    The US and Russia have reached a ceasefire deal in south-west Syria, one they say could be replicated elsewhere in the country. But that won’t include Raqqa, where militants from the Islamic State group have been fighting back against advancing US-backed Kurdish and Arab forces, as they move closer to the centre. Tens of thousands…

  • Published on 5 Jul 2017 Sections

    Fighting is intensifying around the city of Raqqa as government forces attempt to retake it from the so-called Islamic State.  It’s the group’s last stronghold in Syria and the city it proclaimed the capital of its caliphate three years ago.

  • Published on 4 Jul 2017 Sections

    The Syrian war has taken a dramatic new turn, and it could signal the end of the Islamic State’s grip on much of the country. Their capital of Raqqa has been under attack from both pro-democracy rebels, backed by America, and the Syrian Government, backed mainly by Russia and Iran. But if there was a…

  • Published on 26 Jun 2017 Sections Politics

    The Iraqi army says the battle to liberate Mosul from Islamic State militants will be over in just a “few days”. Despite a desperate counter-attack of suicide bombings, IS fighters are now thought to number just a few hundred and are holed up in a small area of the old city. Over the border in…