• 2 Jul 2018

    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.…

  • 31 May 2018

    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 –…

  • 29 May 2018

      “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…

  • 28 May 2018

    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…

  • 24 May 2018

    “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.

  • 10 May 2018

    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?

  • 20 Apr 2018

    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.

  • 17 Apr 2018

    Theresa May wins vote on Syria

    Theresa May is pushing back against the relatively new convention that governments should always ask Parliament before military action. Jeremy Corbyn wants to go further and make that convention a law.

  • 16 Apr 2018

    MPs could have three Syria debates

    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…

  • 15 Apr 2018

    International Editor Lindsey Hilsum on what the airstrikes mean for international relations with Russia.

  • 15 Apr 2018

    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.

  • 15 Apr 2018

    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…

  • 15 Apr 2018

    It’s thirty six hours since the missiles were aimed at targets in Syria. Today the diplomatic battle returned to centre stage. The Foreign Secretary says it’s been important to show the world that the use of chemical weapons is intolerable, but Boris Johnson admits there’s precious little the Government can do about the humanitarian disaster…

  • 14 Apr 2018

    The Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon has warned that the latest military action risked “dangerous escalation”, insisting UK foreign policy should be set by parliament. SNP defence spokesman Stewart McDonald discusses.

  • 14 Apr 2018

    The Pentagon said the strikes were designed to “cripple Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons in the future” –  calling the operation “precise, overwhelming and effective”. President Trump also tweeted the words Mission Accomplished, which might conjure up some unfortunate connotations and then later added, for good measure, the USA is still locked and loaded.