Medical workers carry a patient infected with the coronavirus on a stretcher at the Syrian American Medical Society Hospital, in the city of Idlib, northwest Syria, Sept. 20, 2021. 

‘I can barely buy bread’: In war-torn Syria, fighting the coronavirus is compounded by immense challenges


Tackling the coronavirus pandemic is challenging even for the most sophisticated medical systems in the world. But in Syria, it’s been compounded by an ongoing civil war.

Wreckage smolders with black smoke after an apparent airstrike

As fighting intensifies in Idlib, about 3 million civilians are at risk

Two displaced Syrian girls is shown sitting on a mat and one holding a baby.

Fleeing into the fields, a family runs from Idlib attacks

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Three Syrian medical staff wear gas masks in a chemical weapons attack training.

Syria may be using chemical weapons against its citizens again — here’s how international law has changed to help countries intervene

A street filled with cars in the rebel-held Idlib city, Syria, shown from above on June 8, 2017.

Trump warns Syria not to ‘recklessly attack’ Idlib province

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Hands hold a hose over a child's head and water streams down his hair and face.

Chemical attack in Syria grabs Trump’s attention, but he has few options available


Rescue workers and doctors said more than 42 people were killed in the chemical attack, but that there were likely many more victims yet to be found.

A Syrian civil defence member uses an oxygen mask after a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib.

‘Shocking’ video shows alleged chemical attack in Syria. But will it have an impact?


Dozens of gruesome videos appear to show a suspected chemical gas attack Tuesday on the rebel-held Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun. Will those images move the world to act against the Syrian regime?

Syrian mother struggles over whether to return to husband, home as civil war rages

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Syria has been embroiled in a bitter civil war for more than two years. That prompted one Syrian woman, Ahlam, to come to America to give birth to her daughter, near her family. But now, with her husband unable to leave, she’s preparing to return to the violence that is Syria today.

Shades of Serbian massacres in Syrian violence

In the 1990s, thousands were massacred in the provinces of the former Yugoslavia. It took years, really, for the international community to intervene and stop the killing. Now some are worried the situation in Syria may devolve into that sort of mass killing — if it hasn’t already.

Washington Struggles to Find Allies in Syrian Opposition

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Andrew Tabler, a senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy says the White House will be hard-put to find allies in a post-Assad Syria and currently faces open hostility from within the rebels ranks.