In this first of two podcasts, listen in to hear about the rebooting of a Syrian rebel group, an old drug and your computer.
When it comes to the Syrian opposition, it's practically impossible to separate 'moderates' from 'extremists'.
The final article of our series on the historical roots of Islamic State examines the role recent Western intervention in the Middle East played in the group's inexorable rise.
The agreement so enthusiastically received by the world is less a leap forward than a cynical act of self-preservation.
Russia has started bombing some of the groups machinating against Bashar al-Assad's forces. Who are they, and what do they want?
Why are Syria and Israel competing to be the ultimate protecters of the Druze?
A war of words is being waged on social media by terrorist groups trying to recruit Australian teenagers to join the fight in the Middle East.
The terrorist group now calls itself Islamic State, but the many names by which it is known reflect both its own evolution and the deliberate choices others make in how they refer to it.