Aleppo citadel controlled by forces under Gen. Hassan and loyal to President Assad. Click to enlarge

Tougher tactics would have ended Syrian war, claims the country’s top intelligence general

Renowned as one of President Assad’s most loyal and ferocious generals, Robert Fisk talks with General Jamil Hassan

It’s not Donald Trump who matters now in the Middle East – it’s Putin

US prestige in the region has fallen so low, the Arab world’s belief (and possibly Israel’s) in American power so diminshed by stupidity and ineptness, that I suspect little attention will be paid to Donald Trump

Syrian soldiers stand before their tanks at Quneitra, a few hundred metres from the front line with Nusrah Islamists and only five miles from Israeli troops on the Golan Heights. Click to enlarge

A view of the Syrian war from the Golan Heights

Syrian officer notes how the Israelis attack his army but never attack al-Qaeda linked Nusra

Aleppo’s agony is far from over as Syrian general seeks further battles

Aleppo’s agony is far from over as Syrian general seeks further battles

The four banners adorning the general’s office told their own story: Hezbollah’s green and yellow, the red, white and blue of Russia, the Syrian flag and that of Iran

People walk past damaged buildings in the opposition-held Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria, October 5, 2016. Click to enlarge

What it’s really like to be in the middle of the battle for Aleppo

Robert Fisk reports from war torn Aleppo

Wrecked ambulance in Aleppo. Click to enlarge

The strange case of the Scottish ambulance found among the rubble of eastern Aleppo

Robert Fisk reports from the ruins of Aleppo

The rubble of the smashed town of Mouadamiya

The Syrian town shattered by war that may finally have seen an end to the fighting

Robert Fisk visits a town formerly held by Syrian opposition fighters to find out what caused them to come to terms with the Assad government

Victims of Israeli raid on Gaza flotilla fear legal case will be dropped over new political deal

Prosecution over the murder of activists could be sidelined by new trade and political deals between turkey and Israel

The Iraqi Army is moving on Mosul from the south. Click to enlarge

When Mosul falls, Isis will flee to the safety of Syria. But what then?

The entire Isis army could be directed against the Assad government – a scenario which might cause some satisfaction in Washington

The invasion of Afghanistan 15 years ago was an arrogant, wretched adventure that caused a migrant crisis

When the West finally packs up and leaves, become Mafiastan. Perhaps it already is

The 70,000 post-coup arrests are now at the heart of the Turkish government’s propaganda war

Although some have been released more than 70,000 have been arrested in the wake of the attempted coup against President Erdogan

Shimon Peres was no peacemaker. I’ll never forget the sight of pouring blood and burning bodies at Qana

Peres said the massacre came as a ‘bitter surprise’. It was a lie: the UN had repeatedly told Israel the camp was packed with refugees

For the first time, Saudi Arabia is being attacked by both Sunni and Shia leaders

A major event occurred this past week that was largely ignored by the world’s media. A conference of 200 Sunni prelates all but excommunicated Saudi Arabia’s leaders

Riyadh, Saudi Arabian capital. Click to enlarge

Saudi Arabia cannot pay its workers or bills – yet continues to fund a war in Yemen

The war in Yemen has taken its toll financially. As a result the kingdom now cannot pay many of its workers

Russian Tu-22M3 deploys its payload on targets in Syria. click to enlarge

The Shias are winning in the Middle East – and it’s all thanks to Russia

We are still obsessed with Isis and its genocidal creed. We are not paying nearly enough attention to Nusrah. But Russia is

Erdogan’s meeting with Putin will tell us what the future holds for Syria

You only have to read the Russian versions of Erdogan’s grovelling statements prior to his visit to grasp how the sick man of Europe is breathing in the fresh air of the Steppes

Don’t be fooled by reports that al-Qaeda and Nusra have split for the good of the suffering Syrian people

It’s actually a marketing makeover to lure us into accepting the more moderate face of Sunni extremism.

Aftermath of IDF airstrike on UN base at Khiam Lebanon 2016. Click to enlarge

It’s 10 years since UN peacekeepers were killed in southern Lebanon – and it could happen again

Despite complaints to the highest levels and despite assurances from the IDF, the intensity of strikes on the UN post continued

Erdogan has military troubles of his own, but he still defends the Ottoman army over the Armenian genocide

Robert Fisk examines a new book on the Armenian genocide

Turkey’s coup may have failed – but history shows it won’t be long before another one succeeds

A far more dramatic series of events have taken place in Turkey this weekend than may at first appear. Robert Fisk explains