For those of us who have watched the region for decades, this crisis did not come out of nowhere.
The militant group's grip on power is slipping but it has proved resilient in the past.
The loss of a tiny Syrian town is a bitter blow for the fanatic militants.
An estimated 600,000 children are trapped in the city.
The foreign secretary has been accused of "Russophobic hysteria" by Moscow.
"I didn’t dare drive her to the hospital in case they saw my headlights and attacked the car. A midwife lived close by so I drove her there with the lights off."
Since Bana al-Abed shot to fame for tweeting about life under Syria's bombs, fake accounts have sprung up imitating the child.
"There are no doctors left in Syria and the need for medical help is sometimes beyond comprehension."
The former Israeli President and Prime Minister has died.
World leaders rushed to pay tribute to the former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Only the few who have managed to flee the war-torn country can reveal the suffering of those left behind.
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