Why the bombardment of Ghouta won’t stop any time soon

Ghouta will fall. That is the message. And when it falls, Idlib must surely be next. And then the Syrians must decide how to break the US-Kurdish hold on Raqqa

As my recent trip to Syria proved, wars can be at their most dangerous when they’re coming to an end

Robert Fisk reports first hand from the frontline in Syria

On the ground in Afrin, it’s hard to know what Kurdish fighters really stand for

There is a smell of “control” about this place and a feeling that all is not as it seems. Robert Fisk reports from the Kurdish-held city of Afrin

Lying in the Afrin hospital, 15-year old Dananda Sido, wounded in the legs and chest running in the street from a Turkish air attack in the Kurdish village of Adamo (Yara Ismail). Click to enlarge

The true victims of Turkey’s invasion of Afrin, Syria: refugees, babies, women and children

Robert Fisk encounters the victims of Turkey’s “surgical” strike on Afrin that echo of similar strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yugoslavia

Tinned tomatoes captured from Isis, which originated in the UK. Click to enlarge

How did food from the West Midlands end up in Isis territory in Syria?

Apart from tinned tomatoes captured from Isis, which originated in the UK, Robert Fisk comes across other oddities on his trip to the frontline in Syria

Why are doctors in the Middle East cosying up to foreign armies?

Jonathan Whittall of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) questions the motives of medical aid groups who embed themselves within armies or militias and thus align themselves with one side in the conflict

Jared Kushner’s connection to Israeli business goes without scrutiny

Jared Kushner’s connection to Israeli business goes without scrutiny

Shortly before Kushner accompanied Trump on his first diplomatic trip to Israel in May, his family real estate firm received $30m one of Israel’s largest insurers

Why has the CIA’s man in Iran gone quiet?

Isn’t the man in charge of the CIA’s Iran operations taking a serious interest in the latest events in Iran? Surely he is. That’s his job, isn’t it? But why this silence?

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is no longer a force on the world stage

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation is no longer a force on the world stage

The truth is that these Muslim leaders do not represent anyone. They are about as relevant as Tsarist Russia or the Austro-Hungarian Empire, writes Robert Fisk

Israeli flags fly near the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Click to enlarge

Trump says recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital will bring peace – it will do quite the opposite

Look at the Jewish colonies in the West Bank and it’s clear that Palestine doesn’t feature in Israeli plans for the future

Israeli police at the al Aqsa Mosque

If Trump Declares Jerusalem Capital of Israel, Chaos Will Reign

It would be difficult to imagine anything more provocative, dangerous – or just plain insane

Egyptian president faces questions about strategy to control Isis hotspot Sinai province

Egyptian president faces questions about strategy to control Isis hotspot Sinai province

The massacre suggests that despite defeat in Syria and Iraq, ISIS has shifted to Sinai and Egypt’s president can’t contain it

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri accepts exile in France as Saudi Arabia no longer feels like a home away from home

It’s worth remembering how much Saad Hariri liked – and quite probably still does like – Saudi Arabia

The resignation of Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, has not gone as smoothly as the Saudis wanted

The Saudis may be holding the Lebanese Prime Minister hostage but their apparent plan to topple the Beirut government has gloriously backfired

Hariri's resignation speech. Click to enlarge

Saad Hariri’s resignation as Prime Minister of Lebanon is not all it seems

Robert Fisk on the role of the Saudis in the shock resignation Prime Minister Hariri

Everything wrong with Theresa May’s ridiculous assertion that we should feel proud of the Balfour Declaration

Robert Fisk on the centenary of the publication of the Balfour Declaration

Vladimir Putin is positioning himself as the main player in the Middle East

Vladimir Putin is positioning himself as the main player in the Middle East

Soon Trump’s $300bn weapons deal with the Saudis will seem insignificant. Robert Fisk on Russia’s growing clout in the Middle East

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