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  1. BBC correspondents report from key locations in Syria and its neighbours as part of two days of special coverage of the conflict
  2. More than 200,000 people have been killed and 11 million displaced in almost four years of war
  3. The war has spilled over into neighbouring countries like Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq. We will bring you live coverage from each country
  4. We will bring you in-depth stories from Syrians from all walks of life
  5. We will also bring you all the latest news from the Syrian conflict, as it happens

Live Reporting

By Yaroslav Lukov, Thom Poole, Mirren Gidda, Mohamed Madi, Shereen Sherif and Alex Murray

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    This brings to an end Day One of the BBC's special coverage of the Syria conflict on our live page. Thanks for staying with us! On Thursday, the BBC will continue its project focusing on "Syria's War" - bringing together eyewitness reporting and analysis from inside Syria and across the region. For all the latest updates on this and other news stories please go to the BBC News website.

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    The BBC's Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, has been assessing four years of conflict in Syria for the World Tonight. "Even if the guns fell silent tonight - and they're not going to - this country is going to take years and years to recover. Sadly, looking at it, and looking at all the international links, which I think makes it harder to solve what's going on here, I think this war probably will go on in some shape or form for years to come."

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    US President Barack Obama has asked his national security team for another review of the US policy toward Syria after realising that Islamic State may not be defeated without a political transition in Syria and the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, senior US officials and diplomats tell CNN.

  4. David Miliband on UK Syria refugees

    David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, has responded to the news that Britain has accepted just 50 refugees from Syria. He tells BBC Newsnight: "My reaction is that that is a very, very low number, like in the US, I think, the figure is 179 and you've got 3.5 million refugees... No-one pretends that 1,000 or 5,000 is the answer to 3.5 million refugees, but as an act of solidarity with those countries that do have millions of refugees, it is of inestimable value."

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    BBC's Ghadi Sary

    tweets: Coverage #BBCSyriaWar continues, opening a virtual window soon on news at ten into one of many syria refugee camps

    BBC team in Beirut
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    Pictures are now emerging of the aftermath of what opposition activists say was a strike by Syria's government forces on the northern city of Aleppo. The government in Damascus has not commented on the claim.

    Residents inspect a site hit by what activists said was a strike by government forces on Aleppo. Photo: 12 November 2014
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    Syrian children have suffered horrendously in the conflict. The UN says of the more than three million people who have fled Syria, over half of those refugees are children. Phil Mackie reports on how child refugees in Lebanon are being taught to play again.

    Syrian child refugees being taught to play in Lebanon
  8. BBC's Mishal Husain

    tweets: Another view of 'our' camp, red peppers drying in the sun #BBCSyriaWar

    Red peppers drying in the sun at a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

    And Mishal's on air right now on BBC World from a refugee camp in Lebanon with a special look at the crisis.

  9. Helen Eleftheriou

    tweets: I am a tourist in Istanbul. Heartbreaking how many Syrian refugee children are begging in the streets. The world is letting them down. #BBCSyriaWar

  10. Coalition meet to plan IS fight

    More than 30 nations taking part in the US-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq are holding a planning conference in Tampa, Florida. "It is the coalition that will get the job done and done the right way, and as quickly as possible," Gen Lloyd Austin, head of Central Command, said in a statement.

  11. Post update

    Almost four years on since the wave of protests across North Africa and the Middle East that became known as the "Arab Spring", who are the winners and losers? The BBC's World Affairs editor, John Simpson, has been considering.

    Anti-government protesters in the Syrian capital Damascus in 2011
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    The BBC's Phil Mackie reports from a shelter in Lebanon where child refugees are taught how to play again by a charity after traumatic experiences in Syria.

  13. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    tweets: Syrian refugee Ahmed refused to work for free. Says Lebanese men beat him for it. #BBCSyriaWar

    Syrian refugee Ahmed
  14. Post update

    Syria's state-run Sana news agency is reporting that seven school pupils have been killed in the central province of Hama, in what it describes as a "terrorist attack".

  15. Darshna Soni, Channel 4 News Home Affairs Correspondent

    tweets: Great reports on Syria across the BBC today, focusing not on Islamic State, but on the civil war's impact on ordinary civilians #BBCSyriaWar

  16. Post update

    The former US Ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, tells the BBC that moderate opposition groups in Syria are in worse shape than they were when the US began bombing Islamic State targets. Mr Ford adds that he is not optimistic about a way out of the country's civil war.

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    BBC World Service

    tweets: Caught in the crossfire - the teacher who saw her students die #BBCSyriaWar @BowenBBC

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    tweets: Syria's neighbours host majority of 3.2 million refugees. Rich countries need to share the burden & act in solidarity #BBCSyriaWar

  19. Post update

    On Thursday, the BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen is holding another Q&A from 16:30 GMT. You can tweet him with #AskBBCBowen to ask a question or send a text/email. All details are here:

  20. Lyse Doucet Q&A

    David Montgomery: What do you do to protect yourself from being overwhelmed by the situation in Syria?

    Lyse Doucet responds

    Lyse's Q&A is over now. You can see more of her responses here.

  21. Post update

    BBC's Mark Frankel

    tweets: Some twitter highlights of #BBCSyriaWar day one coverage #BBCSyriaWar

  22. Post update

    BBC's Debbie Randle

    tweets: 3 years of war @BBCiPannell looks back over his reporting in rebel-held northern #Syria on @BBCPM 'from hope to desperation' #BBCSyriaWar

  23. Lyse Doucet Q&A

    Mariol Sinanaj: Why does Assad still have a considerable support from the Syrian people?!

    Lyse responds
  24. Coalition raids continue

    US-led coalition forces have carried out 10 air strikes targeting Islamic State militants in Syria since Monday, US Central Command says. Most of them were near the border town of Kobane, where Kurdish fighters have been battling IS for weeks.

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    BBC's Phil Mackie

    tweets: Not just victims, these Syrians took part in the #Beirut marathon to raise money for other causes #BBCSyriaWar

    Syrians in Lebanon fundraising in a marathon
  26. Post update

    To those who've just joined our live page on the Syrian conflict - welcome! Why not take a look at a more detailed map on our page mapping the conflict, showing the areas held by each group, the location of the country's natural resources and also where Syria's refugees have fled to.

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    BBC's Will Vernon

    tweets: Hear the stories of the children of the #Syria conflict with @ritula on @BBCWorldTonight at 10pm #BBCSyriaWar

    Syrian pupils
  28. Lyse Doucet Q&A

    Geoff Bridges: (President) Assad and the Syrian people are the victims. Why did the Western imperial nations back bloodthirsty jihadi militants to overthrow yet another stable regime in the Middle East and turn it into chaos as they did in Iraq and Libya?

    Lyse Doucet responds
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    tweets: when modern civilization gets communication lines back up, they will find: Lebanon completely destroyed, Damascus destroyed..

  30. Lyse Doucet Q&A

    Sahr Komba: I would like her to put the Syrian conflict in perspective. I hear of the Assad regime, anti-Assad rebels and ISIS. Who is fighting who and for what?

    Lyse Doucet's answer on Facebook
  31. Post update

    So, the BBC's Lyse Doucet has started answering your questions on Syria via Facebook.

    Screenshot of Lyse Doucet's Facebook page
  32. Post update

    BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen

    tweets: A free taste at Bakdash, the famous #Damascus ice cream shop still going strong. #BBCSyriawar

    A staff member at Bakdash ice cream shop in Damascus
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    BBC's Daniel Fisher

    tweets: Syrian refugee children in Lebanon paid 50p (80 cents) an hour to pick potatoes to support their families #BBCSyriaWar

    Syrian refugee children in Lebanon pick potatoes
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    tweets: #BBCSyriaWar @bbclysedoucet amazing on the ground reports. Refugees in their millions. Moving, informative reports 4 years on

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    tweets: Syrian refugee family pay £28 a day for "crowded, filthy conditions" in Istanbul: #BBCSyriaWar

    Syrian refugees
  36. Post update

    The UN mediator in the Syrian conflict, Staffan de Mistura (left), has met Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo as part of continuing efforts to resolve the crisis. Earlier this week Mr Mistura outlined the UN's plan for a "freeze" in the fighting.

    Staffan de Mistura (left) and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Cairo
  37. Syria football

    Despite years of internal conflict, Syria still has a national football team. They have just beaten Malaysia 3-0 away. The Syrian men currently rank 151st in the world.

  38. Post update

    Anas Joudeh, a member of Syria's opposition Building the Syrian State political party, confirms to the BBC earlier reports (see 14:08 entry) that the party's leader, Louay Hussein, has been arrested in Damascus.

  39. Lyse Doucet Q&A

    So, in less than one hour (16:00 GMT) the BBC's chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet - who has been in Aleppo and Damascus this week - will be answering your questions on the conflict via Facebook. What would you like to ask her?

  40. Mark Lowen, BBC Turkey Correspondent

    tweets: #Syrian doctor in Istanbul: "if no fly zone had been declared in #Syria 3 years ago, this tragedy wouldn't have happened" #BBCSyriaWar

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    tweets: Syrian man says nine friends were shot dead "like birds" during Damascus protest:

    Syrian man
  42. Priya Shah

    tweets: And despite all the chaos, the bombs, the fighting & the fear, people still get on with life. They deserve normalcy #BBCSyriaWar

  43. Aleppo businessman

    Aleppo was once Syria's main industrial hub, but has been badly damaged by fighting. Fares Chehabi, head of the Chamber of Industry in Aleppo, says rebels looted most factories in areas that now again under government control. He says the war against the rebels - some of whom he describes as "worse than al-Qaeda" - is at a turning point.

  44. Opposition activist held

    The Syrian authorities have detained a prominent Damascus-based opposition activist as he was trying to leave the country, Associated Press reports. This is the second time Louay Hussein, the leader of the Building the Syrian State party, has been arrested since 2011.

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    BBC's Daniel Fisher

    tweets: Tonight @MishalHusainBBC tells the story of Syrian refugee Noura. Her life she said a "nothingness" now #BBCSyriaWar

    Syrian refugee Noura
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    tweets: Teaching still continues in Syria, but sometimes with tragic consequences. #sad

  47. Aleppo aid run

    To deliver aid to rebel-held areas of Syria, one needs permission from both sides in the conflict. In this report, the BBC's Lyse Doucet joins the Syrian Arab Red Crescent as they bring school textbooks into the city of Aleppo.

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    The conflict in Syria has left millions of people homeless:

    Syrian refugee graphic
  49. Post update

    Mark Frankel, BBC News in Beirut

    tweets: Five short video postcards on life in Syria - well worth 3 minutes of your time #BBCSyriaWar

  50. Post update

    Quote from Mariam Akash
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    BBC Middle East correspondent Yolande Knell tweets from Jordan's Azraq refugee camp where, despite the sun, workers are "laying cement floors" in preparation for winter, when nights can be freezing.

    Workers lay a cement floor
  52. Post update

    BBC international correspondent Ian Pannell will be speaking to Radio 4's PM programme at 17:00 about his three years reporting on Syria. Listen here to a short montage of clips summarising his journey.

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    The BBC's Mark Frankel meets young Syrians living in Beirut, Lebanon, who have mixed feelings about their home country and whether they will ever return.

  54. Philippine travel warning

    The Philippine government has issued warnings to its citizens urging them not to travel to Syria after it emerged that some are still taking jobs there, the Manila Sun reports. Filipino workers were banned from travelling to Syria in August 2011, but many have been smuggled or trafficked into the country via Dubai and Oman.

  55. James Sadri, campaign director at the Syrian Campaign

    tweets: "Point being the world is watching the killing in Syria and doing very little to stop it. #BBCSyriaWar"

  56. Post update

    You can listen to Mishal Husain's full report for Radio 4's Today programme from a Lebanese refugee camp here.

  57. Post update

    Refugee camps for Syrians "are not dignified places to live", Ninette Kelley of the UN refugee agency told Mishal Husain.

    Ninette Kelly
  58. Post update

    The BBC News Facebook page has an album of emotional drawings from children aged 7-14 reflecting on three-and-a-half years of conflict. The pictures were drawn with the help of the charity Save The Children.

    Syrian child's drawing
  59. Post update

    Our colleagues at BBC Monitoring are following reports of a possible UN-brokered ceasefire in the city of Aleppo. Opposition groups appear to be divided on whether to accept the ceasefire, while the government seems to be considering the proposal.

    Rim Turkmani of the opposition Building the Syrian State Party and founder of Madani, a London based NGO, says that small-scale ceasefires have already been quietly taking place across Syria. Ms Turkmani believes the Aleppo ceasefire could "eventually turn into national peace talks if they are properly brokered and enforced".

  60. Post update

    The BBC's Phil Mackie has taken this stunning 360 degree panorama of an incomplete halls of residence in Saida, Lebanon now used to house 860 Syrian refugees.

  61. Sharing stories

    BBC Student Reporters have been speaking to their teenage counterparts studying at a UN-run school for refugees in Damascus. The London-based students have learned about what life is like in Syria as well as finding that they have a surprising amount in common with the refugees - not least a love of pop group One Direction.

    BBC School Reporters
  62. Foreign fighters

    If you have access to BBC Radio 2, listen in at 12:30 GMT to hear Duncan Crawford in Gaziantep, Turkey explore the journey foreign fighters make into Syria. The programme will also feature Abubaker Deghayes, the father of two sons who were both killed while fighting against the Assad regime and who still has one son fighting in Syria.

  63. Lyse Doucet Q&A

    The BBC's chief international correspondent, Lyse Doucet, has been in Aleppo and Damascus this week. From 16:00 GMT she will be answering your questions on the conflict via Facebook. What would you like to ask her?

  64. Post update

    BBC Radio 4 have compiled five key facts about Syria's refugees

    5 facts
  65. Mud. Potatoes. Boredom.

    BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat reports on the boredom and hardship of teenage life in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa valley. We follow the journey of 18-year-old Dunia, who is there with her sisters, mother, and baby daughter, and 18-year-old Waleed, who says he is "always angry, always depressed".

  66. 8 things you should know about Syria

    BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat has written this handy list of facts about the Syria crisis, which notes that Syria is the most dangerous place in the world to be a journalist.

    Man walks through rubble
  67. Post update

    While war has ravaged large parts of the country and forced thousands to flee, many Syrians have stayed put and are trying to get on with their daily lives as best they can. The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen took this picture of a shop selling Awama, a deep-fried dough snack, in Damascus.

    Bowen Awama
  68. Post update

    The BBC's Mark Frankel in Beirut brings together the extraordinary stories of two Syrian refugee families in 16 captivating tweets.

    Syrian refugee family in Lebanon
  69. Post update

    Caroline Berger

    tweets: "Syria conflict has fallen off headlines but atrocities still ongoing. Staggering 200,000 lost lives. Don't let there be 4th year #BBCSyriaWar"

  70. Post update

    The Syrian pro-government newspaper Al-Watan has quoted a Syrian official source as saying that the UN plan of "freezing" fighting in Aleppo is being considered in the city's neighbourhoods. However, the official told al-Watan that the plan was not being considered in other parts of Aleppo province.

  71. Syrian children answer British children's questions

    The BBC's Newsround, aimed at 6 to 12 year-olds, has produced this captivating piece featuring British children asking their Syrian counterparts about their daily lives.

    Syrian girl and boy
  72. Post update

    The BBC's visual journalism team has compiled a graphic detailing the number of people killed in Syria since the first anti-government protests in March 2011. The death toll is believed to have risen to over 200,000 since these figures were released.

    Syria graphic
  73. Post update

    On Monday Syria's national reconciliation minister Ali Haidar told AFP that 11,000 people have benefited from a June amnesty for prisoners implemented by President Assad a week after his controversial re-election. However, rights groups say around 200,000 people remain in jail.

  74. Post update

    The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen finds a Syrian special forces soldier on the front line in Qaboun, Damascus where fighting between rebel forces and government troops is ongoing.

    Syrian front line troops in Qaboun district of Damascus 11 November 2014
  75. Post update

    The Revolutionary Forces of Syria's media office tweets: "The Free Syrian Army (FSA) targeted the regime troops bases in al-Khaldea front [in Homs] using tank shells and Jahannam homemade launcher gun[s]."

  76. 'Tell us so we can rest'

    Maisa Saleh

    Read more about the abduction of Samar Saleh and other kidnapping victims here

  77. Assaf Abboud, BBC Arabic correspondent, Damascus

    Assaf Abboud, BBC Arabic's correspondent in Damascus, reports that government forces are currently in control of the western part of Aleppo and that they are trying to impose a siege on the eastern part of the city:

    "There are huge concerns among the opposition forces, as they fear the same scenario as what happened in the old city of Homs [where rebels and civilians were besieged for months]. There is not strong coordination between the opposition factions in Aleppo, which makes it possible for Syrian government forces to make gains on the ground."

  78. Post update

    Jeremy Bowen visits a butcher shop in Damascus where a poster of President Assad hangs incongruously next to the animal carcasses.

    A butcher's shop in Damascus, Syria
  79. Post update

    The BBC's Turkey correspondent Mark Lowen finds compassion amongst doctors in Istanbul who say they will subsidise their Syrian patients if they lack their papers.

    Hospital in Istanbul
  80. The boy from Aleppo who painted the war

    Our colleagues at BBC Radio 4 have created an hour-long radio drama called "The boy from Aleppo who painted the war". Based on the debut novel by by Sumia Sukkar, this account of life for a young child in Aleppo makes for powerful listening.

  81. Post update

    Mark Frankel

    BBC social news, Beirut

    Farah, a 21-year-old single mother, lives in a cramped basement with her three children. Her husband left her six months after they fled Syria and she has been forced to rely on the generosity of neighbours, knocking on their doors to use their toilets. She receives $30 a month from the World Food Programme to spend on food.

    Farah and two of her children
  82. US-led air strikes killed 865 in Syria

    US-led air strikes in Syria have killed 865 people, including 50 civilians, since the start of the aerial campaign in late September against IS militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports.

  83. Post update

    The BBC's chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet is in the Syrian city of Aleppo which is back in government hands. But the battle for the troubled city, she says, is not yet over.

    Aleppo, Syria
  84. Get involved

    Are you in Syria, or have you been affected in some way by the war there? We would love to hear your experiences. Email us at or tweet at @BBC_HaveYourSay using the hashtag #BBCSyriaWar

  85. Post update

    The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen is in Adra, outside Damascus, which he says has been recaptured by the regime from the Nusra Front. The damage caused by the fighting is all too evident.

    Adra, Syria
  86. Refugee swell

    The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, says 7.2 million Syrians have now been internally displaced whilst 3.3 million have fled abroad. This interactive piece shows when those refugees left and why, with data accurate until May 2014.

  87. Post update

    The BBC's Middle East correspondent Yolande Knell is in Jordan's Azraq refugee camp where she says refugees are lining up to tell her their stories. One man says he has worn the same pair of trousers for 100 days.

  88. Syria war in numbers

    BBC News has put together a 60-second video guide to Syria's war - including the stark observation that Syria's development as a country is estimated to have regressed by four decades.

    A wounded Syrian woman walks with her children in Aleppo, northern Syria, 15 December 2013
  89. Post update

    Over 200,00 people have been killed in the almost four-year-long conflict. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the civil war, said 158 people were killed in Syria on Monday alone. Of those killed, 36 were civilians.

  90. Syria's war in depth

    We have put together a page showcasing the best features, explainers and analysis of Syria's war as part of our special coverage.

  91. Post update

    Azma, seen here holding flowers at a makeshift refugee camp in Ketermayer near Beirut, is three years old. She has no experience of life in Syria without war.

    Phil Mackie
  92. Tent cities

    The BBC's Kevin Bishop sent in this picture of Jordan's newly-built Azraq refugee camp. The camp currently holds over 11,000 people and is the size of 2,070 football pitches, but it is not even the largest camp in Jordan by population. The Zaatari camp near the Syrian border has at times held over 100,000 people.

    Azraq refugee camp
  93. Post update

    The UN mediator in the Syrian conflict, Staffan de Mistura, told the BBC's Lyse Doucet on Tuesday that he had an "action plan" for Syria to "stop the fighting [and] reduce the violence". Mr Mistura said that both moderate rebels and government forces are questioning the point of a conflict which is being taken advantage of by militant extremists. Mr Assad's response to the UN's idea of freezing the fighting has been "unusually positive", our correspondent says.

  94. Living in squalor

    Fatima, a Syrian refugee in Beirut, is paying $200 (£125) a month to live in a two-room hovel with her mother and children. Her husband has been detained in Syria and is missing, she told the BBC's Phil Mackie.

  95. Post update

    Mark Frankel

    BBC social news, Beirut

    tweets: Sara fled Syria with her husband and children, their ID and only the clothes they could carry #BBCSyriaWar

  96. Beginner's guide to the conflict

    We have produced this easy to understand guide to Syria's war, which follows the evolution of the conflict from pro-democracy protests in March 2011 through to the descent into civil war, the 2013 Damascus chemical attack and the massive humanitarian crisis.

  97. Bashar al-Assad profile

    To some he is a hero, to others a brutal dictator, but who is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad? We've put together a comprehensive profile of the man who promised to crush "terrorism" with an "iron fist".

    Bashar al-Assad
  98. Mishal Husain in Lebanon

    The BBC's Mishal Husain is in Lebanon to present a special edition of Radio 4's Today programme. Here she talks to Bryce Perry, country director for the International Rescue Committee in Lebanon.

    Mishal Lebanon
  99. Post update

    The BBC will be broadcasting live on TV, radio and online from inside Syria as well as from neighbouring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq on Wednesday and Thursday. We will bring you the best of that content here on the Syria live page.

  100. Post update

    The BBC's Lucy Rodgers and Faisal Irshaid provide a shocking insight into "Syria's disappeared". Thousands of people have been kidnapped by the regime and militant groups with many tortured and even killed. Often their relatives do not know what has happened to them.

    Syrian victim of torture
  101. Lyse Doucet in Aleppo

    Our chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet has visted a cafe in Aleppo and found Syrians drinking coffee and smoking shisha in the quiet hope that this small refuge will survive the conflict.

  102. Who to follow

    For the latest throughout the day from our correspondents and producers covering Syria's War, follow this BBC twitter list. We will also be bringing you the best tweets and analysis here.

  103. Post update

    The BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen is in Damascus. He sent this report on how Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has managed to survive almost four years of bloody civil war that have left nearly 200,000 people dead, according to UN estimates.

  104. UN facing severe funding shortfall

    The UN says 13.6 million people have been displaced by war in Iraq and Syria. It is facing a shortfall of $58m (£36m) for its Syria relief fund, and as a result up to one million people may go without vital help for the coming winter.

  105. Welcome to the Syria live page

    Hello and welcome to the BBC's special coverage of the Syria conflict. For the last few months the news from Syria has been dominated by the battle against Islamic State (IS), with little media attention on the war in the rest of the country and the plight of the millions forced to flee their homes. Almost four years after what began as peaceful protests, half the population are displaced, large swathes of the country lie in ruin, and President Assad is still firmly in power. For two days, the BBC's Syria coverage will focus on "Syria's War" - bringing together eyewitness reporting and analysis from inside Syria and across the region.

    Syrian Kurdish refugee children that have fled fighting in Kobani, Syria with their families, peer from a window of a public warehouse building where families have found refuge, in Suruc at the Turkey-Syria border, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014