Syria

People walk near heavily damaged buildings in the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwestern Syria on Sept. 16.

Idlib Faces a Fearsome Future: Islamist Rule or Mass Murder

Despite this week’s meeting of Putin, Erdogan, and Rouhani, there is no good news in the last redoubt of the Syrian revolt.

A man suspected of belonging to the Islamic State group, who spoke to journalists in French, leans on the back of a truck as he waits to be searched by members of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces just after leaving the Islamic State's last holdout of Baghouz, in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor on March 4.

They Left to Join ISIS. Now Europe Is Leaving Their Citizens to Die in Iraq.

A Belgian fighter captured in Syria was transported to Iraq to face trial. He's now on death row.

Syria refugees walk after they crossed the Evros river, the natural boundary with Turkey in northeastern Greece, in the village of Pythio, on April 28, 2018.

Europe’s Fear of Refugees Is the Only Thing That Can Save Syria

Bashar al-Assad is on the verge of victory after massacring his population with Russian help. But the EU’s fear of yet another refugee influx could spur action to stop the carnage.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint news conference following their talks on the sidelines of the MAKS 2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow on Aug. 27.

Putin Plays Erdogan Like a Fiddle

In the increasingly close relationship between the Russian and Turkish presidents, there’s one clear alpha.

Syrian children at a tent camp in Sanliurfa, Turkey, on Jan. 9, 2018.

Turkey Can’t Host Syrian Refugees Forever

Voters across the political spectrum have become hostile toward the millions of people who fled Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his opponents are now responding with tough talk on repatriation.

An Israeli F-35 fighter jet performs during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli pilots at the Hatzerim Israeli Air Force base on June 27.

Is Iraq the New Front Line in Israel’s Conflict with Iran?

Nearly four decades after taking out Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor, Israel once again faces threats emanating from Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.

A Syrian woman shows her bank card, part of the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education program funded by the European Union and managed by UNICEF, the Red Cross, and Turkish authorities, in Adana, Turkey, on March 18.

Turkey Is Helping, Not Deporting, Syrian Refugees

The Turkish government provides millions of Syrians with health care and education. A multilateral political solution is needed and demonizing Ankara won’t help.

Syrians gather amidst destruction in Zardana, in the mostly rebel-held northern Syrian Idlib province, in the aftermath of air strikes in the area late on June 8, 2018.

The U.N. Helps Syria Bomb the Opposition

A United Nations program passes on rebel coordinates to Russia. Its bombs do the rest.

A young Syrian refugee peeks out of a bus window as fellow refugees prepare to leave Beirut on their journey home to Syria on Sept. 4, 2018.

Time Is Running Out for Syrians in Lebanon

Beirut is ready to send refugees home, but there isn’t much for them to go back to.

Syrian refugee Nidal Hussein Hussein, one of those suddenly deported from Turkey, rides in a bus transporting him through the Bab al-Hawa crossing between Turkey and Syria's northwestern Idlib province, as he re-enters Syria on July 24.

Turkey’s Deportation Policy Is Killing Syrian Refugees

Ankara once welcomed millions of Syrians as “guests.” Now, as anti-refugee sentiment rises, they are being sent back across the border, where they face danger and death.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters participate in a training maneuver using an armored vehicle provided by the Turkish army, near the town of Tal Hajar in Aleppo province, on Jan. 16.

Tensions Spike as Turkey Threatens Syria Offensive

U.S. defense secretary says a Turkish incursion would be “unacceptable.”

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Document of the Week: U.N. Calls Out Syrian Propaganda Over Hospital Attacks

Assad’s shaky case for innocence in the face of war crimes charges crumbles at the United Nations.

A Syrian refugee child waits as refugees prepare to leave the Lebanese capital Beirut to return to their homes in Syria on September 9, 2018.

Lebanon Is Sick and Tired of Syrian Refugees

The country has hosted the most refugees per capita in the world—and it’s now out of patience.

A detained French woman who fled the Islamic State walks with her child at al-Hol camp for displaced people in northeastern Syria on Feb. 17.

In Overflowing Syrian Refugee Camps, Extremism Takes Root

The U.S. withdrawal could leave tens of thousands vulnerable to Islamic State indoctrination.

A man carries a bag across his shoulders in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the former Syrian capital of the Islamic State group, on May 1.

In the Islamic State’s Former Stronghold, a Secret Yearning for Assad

Though Raqqa was captured by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, many residents are mistrustful and believe only Bashar al-Assad can bring stability.

A member of the Jordanian armed forces carries a toddler from the informal Rukban camp, which lies in no-man's-land off the border between Syria and Jordan, outside a U.N.-operated medical clinic immediately on the Jordanian side on March 1, 2017.

Syria’s Assad Is Deliberately Starving Thousands of Refugees

U.S. officials say they are pressuring the regime to allow U.N. aid deliveries to the Rukban camp.

British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch speaks during an annual dinner of the National Economists Club at the British Embassy October 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

The World This Weekend

The British ambassador to the United States exits the stage, and Europe tries to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump reaches to shake Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hand before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Sept. 21, 2017.

In Debate Over Turkey Sanctions, Trump Is the Wild Card

U.S. security officials are pushing for penalties over Ankara’s purchase of a Russian missile system.

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