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

What Fighters in Syria Will Tell You

No matter who you speak to in Syria, they will all tell you of a traumatic struggle and a few will tell you of their hope for the future. Robert Fisk

Jabhat al-Nusra fighters parading through Aleppo last year. Click to enlarge

Rif Aleppo: the decisive battlefield in the Syrian civil war

Some army commanders say al-Nusra is becoming a more formidable force than Isis. Robert Fisk reports from the front-lines in Syria

Russian sapper clearing mines in Palmyra

Russian forces are the latest to travel on Syria’s Roman road to barbarity

Robert Fisk reports from recaptured Palmyra, where the full extent of ISIS brutality is now becoming evident

The former Isis translator who learned to speak the language of hate

Robert Fisk talks to a guile-less young ISIS translator being held in the Mezze military prison on the edge of Damascus

I read the Chilcot report as I travelled across Syria this week and saw for myself what Blair’s actions caused

Robert Fisk on the impact of Blair’s lies

A member of the Syrian government forces stands infront of a bulldozer, north of the southern Syrian city of Deraa. Click to enlarge

Welcome to Dera’a, Syria’s ‘Graveyard of terrorists’

Robert Fisk reports from the frontline in Syria. Where ‘rebels’ are using grenade launchers supplied by either Israel or Jordanian-based coordinators

Inside Aleppo, the Syrian city with a past and present shaped by war

Inside Aleppo, the Syrian city with a past and present shaped by war

Robert Fisk reports from the war ravaged alleyways and tunnels in Aleppo, Syria

Remains of dead ISIS fighters lie beside the wreckage of their suicide tank after they tried to crash through the wall of the Koyeress airbase. Click to enlarge

Inside the air base that held out against Isis for two years – and the death and destruction that was left behind

Robert Fisk visits the site and finds tales both of death and defiance

Hamoud Saleh Hamed, mutilated by war, awaits the death sentence in a Syrian jail. Click to enlarge

Inside Assad’s Syrian jail, an Islamist prisoner talks of the regret for his killing

Former maths teacher turned terrorist tells of executing a “government collaborator” and his pain when “the people who we wanted to help didn’t want us any more”

In the fight against Isis, there’s hope in the history of Islam

Isis does not reflect Islamic teaching, only distorts it. Robert Fish talks to Dr Tarif Khalidi, one of Islam’s foremost scholars

Iraqi government forces reenter Fallujah. Click to enlarge

Fallujah, the ‘resistance’ city, is liberated yet again

– for the fourth time in a decade

The relationship between Israel and Lebanon is deteriorating again

Both the chief of Israel’s military intelligence and the head of Hezbollah are talking up the prospect of conflict. Robert Fisk explains

Last weekend's suicide bomb attack in Qamishli took place during an event commemorating the massacre of Christians more than a century ago. Click to enlarge

Assassination attempt on head of Syrian Orthodox Church revives ghosts of massacres past

Three members of the Assyrian Christian militia protecting the prelate were killed in the blast

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves as he arrives to address workers in Tehran, Iraq, April 27, 2016. Click to enlarge

Why our nuclear deal with Iran is turning to dust

It’s not difficult for the Iranians to spot what they call the “dasisa” – and what the Hezbollah, in Arabic, refer to as the “muamara” – which means: THE PLOT