Isis has lost Raqqa with the fighting taking much of the city’s history too

There will, however, apparently be no “forgiveness” for the foreign fighters in Raqqa

Lieutenant-General Valery Asapov. Click to enlarge

Is there truth in the conspiracy theories about who killed Russian Lieutenant General Valery Asapov in Syria?

Russia took the death of its highest-ranking officer in Syria very seriously indeed.

What was an act of defiance in March 2014 – when this photo of a woman driving in Riyadh was taken – will soon be legal. Click to enlarge

Saudi Arabia Lifting Driving Ban is Little More Than a Stunt

The lifting of the ban on women drivers is meant to counter bad publicity about the kingdom: its beheadings, its war in Yemen and the obscene wealth of its rulers

If Nikki Haley doesn’t drop her nonsensical pro-Israeli propaganda line at the UN, she could cause real problems for Lebanon

Over the past 5 years Israel has spent millions bombing Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria. Throughout that time, it hasn’t fired a shot at Isis and has even allowed Islamist fighters to go to Haifa hospitals for medical treatment

The West might hardly believe it, but it now seems the Syrian war is ending – and Assad is the victor

Repeated victories mean that the Syrian army is among the most “battle-hardened” in the region

President Assad. Click to enlarge

When did protest against the Assad government turn to war in Syria?

Robert Fisk on a new book on the Syria conflict, which examines how Western support for Assad’s opponents helped turn peaceful protest into armed uprising

If you're wondering why Saudi Arabia and Israel have united against Al-Jazeera, here's the answer

If you’re wondering why Saudi Arabia and Israel have united against Al-Jazeera, here’s the answer

The problem today in both East and West is that our governments are not our friends

Isis mountain fortress newly captured by Syrian and Hezbollah fighters. Click to enlarge

On the Syrian frontline, the battle against Isis is reaching its crescendo

Robert Fisk reports from the border between Lebanon and Syria, where the Syrian Army and Hezbollah are closing in on Isis’s final mountain stronghold

Exactly a year before he was killed, General Fouad Khadour sits in his headquarters outside Palmyra. Click to enlarge

The Syrian army were standing up to Isis long before the Americans ever fired a missile

That so many of Isis’s weapons turn out to have originated in the West provides a cruel irony to this story

Secret Russian-Kurdish-Syrian military cooperation is happening in Syria’s eastern desert

Secret Russian-Kurdish-Syrian military cooperation is happening in Syria’s eastern desert

Robert Fisk reports from a joint command centre that has been set up to avoid clashes between Russian-Syrian and Kurdish forces

Syrians living under Isis accepted the jurisdiction of Islamist courts – does that make them collaborators?

Abandoned court papers reveal life under militant rule and the close cooperation between the Western backed Free Syrian Army and Islamist militias

By demanding the end of Al Jazeera, Saudi Arabia is trying to turn Qatar into a vassal state

By demanding the end of Al Jazeera, Saudi Arabia is trying to turn Qatar into a vassal state

Saudi Arabia’s demand that Qatar close Al Jaeera could be likened to the EU demanding the Theresa May shut down the BBC

The US seems keener to strike at Syria’s Assad than it does to destroy Isis

It is significant that the West is more outraged at the use of gas – it blames the Assad regime for this, of course – than at the continued cruelty of Isis. Why?

This is the real story behind the economic crisis unfolding in Qatar

This is the real story behind the economic crisis unfolding in Qatar

The nation is now embroiled in a crisis – but what part is Saudi Arabia playing in stoking it?

A member of Syrian pro-government forces carries an Isis flag in Palmyra in March 2016. Click to enlarge

The truth about US involvement in Syria

It’s more complicated than Donald Trump and his warmongering generals seem to believe. Robert Fisk explains

Donald Trump is trying to stick to the script – but he's about to really mess up in the Middle East

Donald Trump is trying to stick to the script – but he’s about to really mess up in the Middle East

Trump spoke of the ‘ultimate deal’ between Israel and the Palestinians – as if peace were a commodity to be bought or sold

Rouhani’s win is good news for Iran, but bad news for Trump and his Sunni allies

What a contrast the Iranian election has been with those leaders lining up to meet Donald Trump in Riyadh, none of whom would dream of holding elections

Why The U.S. Really Attacked Syrian Militia Convoy

Robert Fisk on the significance of the U.S. air strike on a Syrian militia column in the desert west of al-Tanf

Donald Trump hasn’t quite thought through his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican

Donald Trump hasn’t quite thought through his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican

He’ll have much to ponder, writes Robert Fisk. Like why Israel bombs only the Syrian army and Hezbollah but has never – ever – hit Isis

Christians are under attack in the Middle East

Christians are under attack in the Middle East

And not even a visit from the Pope can convince them to stay as an exodus of the faithful from the region continues