Russian military aircraft shot down by Syrian missile leaves 15 dead
The Russian President Vladimir Putin has said a “chain of tragic circumstances” was to blame for the shooting down of a Russian military aircraft by a Syrian missile.
“Evidence lies there like a time bomb”: Paddy Ashdown on how Assad may one day be brought to justice
To discuss this new evidence from inside the Syrian regime is Kirsty Brimelow QC and Paddy Ashdown.
Syria’s Disappeared: New evidence that military leaders knew of torture
Filmmakers Sara Afshar and Nicola Cutcher reveal evidence showing the Head of Military Intelligence asked to be informed about every single death of an individual in his custody.
Syrian government forces bombard rebel fighters in Deraa
In Syria, fighting has produced one of the biggest movements of people in recent times. Government forces have been waging a renewed assault against rebel fighters in the country’s south west. Since mid-June, towns in and around the province of Deraa have come under constant bombardment from regime forces,backed by President Assad’s Russian and Iranian allies.…
From Syria’s front line with Israel: Will Islamists be defeated?
A diplomatic effort is underway tonight to avert further bloodshed across southern Syria. President Assad’s army is poised to expel a variety of rebels and Islamist insurgent groups from a swathe of land bordering Jordan and Israel. Tensions are between Israel and Syria are higher than for generations. In particular, where Syria’s Golan Heights –…
Death and Destruction in Yarmouk: Inside Syria’s largest Palestinian refugee camp
“You have turned it into a death Camp” – the United Nations verdict on the Syrian government. For five years Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces besieged and bombarded Yarmouk, the largest Palestinian camp in Syria. The assault was designed to drive out militant Islamic State fighters holding onto what was to become the last…
Palmyra: Syria’s ancient city desecrated by war
The United States has warned the Syrian government not to launch a major new offensive against mostly Islamist insurgents in the southern province of Daraa. With the Syrian government and its Iranian and Russian allies increasingly confident of winning the seven year old war, our Chief Correspondent Alex Thomson has been to a previous battlefield…
Inside Ghouta as Syrian government fully controls Damascus for the first time in seven years
“It was hell”… “We were the living dead” – the words of Syrians emerging from the years of Militant Islamist rebel control and bombardment by Syrian, Russian and Iranian forces. This week for the first time in seven years the Syrian government fully controls its own capital.
Is Iran really ‘the world’s leading state sponsor of terror’?
President Trump has claimed that Iran is the world’s “leading state sponsor of terror”. But is that fair? Before he became president, Trump said the “world’s biggest funder of terrorism” was Saudi Arabia – not Iran. So is his latest claim is just political rhetoric?
Syria chemical attack: the evidence
President Assad’s government has been accused of launching a chemical weapons attack on the Syrian town of Douma. But Russia claims the attack was faked by Britain and anti-Assad rebels. FactCheck examines the evidence.
Parliament could end up with three debates on Syria and related matters under plans being discussed behind the scenes in Westminster. The Speaker received so many requests for emergency debates that he is said by some to be pondering granting two of them. Some speculate that the government could then add its own debate in…
Analysis: what next for Russia and Syria?
International Editor Lindsey Hilsum on what the airstrikes mean for international relations with Russia.
Evgeny Buzhinskiy: ‘It’s an illusion that the military conflict between the United States and Russia can be controlled’
Earlier I spoke to Former Russian General, Evgeny Buzhinskiy. He was closely involved in Russian – NATO relations and is now Chairman of the international non-proliferation organisation, the PIR Centre.I began by asking him if he thought we’ll see some military action by Russia in retaliation to airstrikes in Syria.
How the air strikes affect international relations with Russia
Diplomatically, one of the impacts of the air strikes will be on the further deterioration of the relationship between Moscow and the West. The arguments over what happened in Douma a week ago and the threats of retaliation by Russia mean that maybe President Trump wasn’t exaggerating when he tweeted that the US relationship with…