Coalition forces are careful about how they report civilian deaths. And we think war is painless, as a result.
Why are Iraqi applicants for asylum in the UK treated so much worse than Syrians?
The Kurdistan Workers' Party is under mounting pressure.
What should the UK do with foreign jihadis who return home?
Even if Syria's armed conflict is somehow resolved, new proxy conflicts between regional actors are emerging on the country's soil.
Refugees hold religious prejudices against each other too – separating them by religion is not the answer.
The prospect of gas wealth has been escalating old rivalries and disputes between Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt and Greece.
Donald Trump doesn't have one foreign policy – he has several, and they all clash.
Russia is a major global power in outlook and reach, locked in a values-based confrontation with the West. But it still lacks all elements of a developed superpower.
Was the early conception of IS a branching-out of the old Baath party? Or was it, as some argue, completely separate with no connection at all? Reality is probably a bit of a mix of both.
To avoid another refugee 'crisis' that would take the world by surprise, East Asia would do well to be prepared for an influx of people from North Korea.
The Erdoğan regime's move into northern Syria is being justified in the name of European security.
Over the past three decades, Turkey has launched countless operations across the Iraqi and Syrian borders, succeeding only in making matters worse for itself. This time may be no different.
Outside observers are keen to declare the Syrian conflict almost over. It is anything but.
Turkey's priorities in Syria just don't match the US's – and its increasingly authoritarian domestic politics don't help.
America finds itself in uncharted territory under Donald Trump – not least when it comes to climate change and Israel policy.
Putin has pulled his troops out of Syria before, only to put them back.
Lessons in military manliness and how to respect it have been a part of Syrian education for decades.
ISIS may have lost most of their territory, but it's important to be aware that ISIS can still utilise the Internet and social media to recruit people and to spread their fantastical propaganda.
The wars in Syria and Iraq are products of secretive decision-making by the executive. Their disastrous consequences are evidence of the need for war powers reform.