Bashar al-Assad

The defected diplomat turned budgie vlogger
Khaled al-Ayoubi was once Syrias's most senior UK diplomat, but now breeds birds in Barnsley.
Who was Marie Colvin and why is she in the news again?
Marie Colvin was killed in Syria in 2012 and her death is the subject of a new film in 2019.
Map of Syria

Provides an overview of Syria, including key events and facts about this influential Middle Eastern country.

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How chemical weapons have helped bring Assad close to victory

After seven years of civil war in Syria, President Bashar al-Assad appears close to victory against the forces trying to overthrow him.

A BBC investigation shows the extent to which chemical weapons have been crucial to his war-winning strategy.

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Wounded Syrian boy receiving oxygen through a mask