Syria

A Syrian man holds the Iranian flag

Suleimani’s Absence Has Been No Problem for Iran in Syria

After the assassination of its high-ranking general, Iran has successfully doubled down on its regional military strategy.

Syrian children try improvised gas masks

Syria’s Revenge on the World Will Be a Second Wave of Coronavirus

The pandemic will soon magnify the threats festering in the Middle East’s longest-running war.

A member of the Syrian relief group Violet Organization disinfects tents

The Next Wave

U.N. and relief agencies warn the coronavirus pandemic could leave an even bigger path of destruction in the world’s most vulnerable and conflict-riven countries.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump

Syria Is Turkey’s Problem, Not America’s

The war in Idlib is a growing humanitarian crisis, a potential disaster for Ankara—and a problem that doesn’t bear on Washington.

Riot police clashes with migrants outside of a refugee camp in Diavata, a west suburb of Thessaloniki on April 4, 2019.

Europe’s Morality Is Dying at the Greek Border

The EU refused to prepare for a predictable rekindling of the migration crisis—and is now responding with deadly force.

Syrians displaced by the war gather in Idlib

Turkey Is Forcing the West to Look at Idlib

Ankara’s cynical border move gives the European Union the opportunity to redress its past mistakes in Syria.

Displaced Syrian children stand by the Turkish border wall at an informal camp in Kafr Lusin village in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on Feb. 21.

The U.N. Won’t Save Idlib. The EU and NATO Can.

It’s too late to defeat the Assad regime, but a humanitarian intervention by the EU and NATO could prevent countless deaths and another massive refugee crisis.

Syrian people displaced from the south of Idlib province arrive at a camp for the internally displaced

Desperate, Thousands of Syrians Flee Toward Turkish Border

With bloodshed and tensions rising between Syria and Turkey, the last rebel holdout of Idlib is turning into the biggest humanitarian crisis of the war.

An aerial view taken on Feb. 6, 2020, shows smoke billowing from tires burnt by Syrians in an attempt to hinder air strikes.

Turkey’s Intervention in Syria Will Slow Assad, But It Won’t Stop Him

Ankara's latest move might slow the Syrian regime's Russian-backed onslaught on Idlib, but the tyrant will remain on the throne so long as the world turns a blind eye.

Shiite Muslims protest in Karachi, Pakistan, against a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque.

South Asia’s Shiites Are Eschewing Sectarianism

Iran divides and disrupts in the Middle East, but it has a different playbook in Pakistan.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters evacuate a wounded comrade near the Syrian border.

Our Top Stories of 2019

From turmoil in northeastern Syria to censorship in China, here are the stories that caught our readers’ attention this year.

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