: Tehran challenges the status quo by pressuring Turkish and US forces.
Damascus resorts to using aid as a weapon in the southwestern province.
: Developments both inside Syria and in the region have prompted a revival of the Kazakh-hosted talks.
A string of deadly Islamic State group attacks against Syrian regime and Iranian-backed forces could be a prelude to a broader jihadist push to seize control of eastern Syria’s desert.
Intensified strikes by pro-regime forces in the northwestern province threaten to erode the ceasefire there, but are unlikely to lead to its immediate collapse.
Turkey’s latest bombing campaign in Kurdish-controlled Syria marks a shift in strategy partly aimed at undermining the PKK’s finances.
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The UN General Assembly’s vote to continue funding a key commission of enquiry on Syria marked a failure for regime and Russian efforts to avoid accountability.
A Syrian law requiring retired graduate officers to be prepared for reserve duty reflects a wider military restructuring that serves Russian interests.
International shipping companies in Syria are facing major logistical challenges, among other difficulties. Danish shipping giant “Maersk” says it will cease cargo operations to and from Syria starting next year.
Around 20 Palestinian factions are present in Syria, either as armed groups or with activities limited to the political sphere. Their connections with the regime and activities inside Palestine also vary.
Despite his presence at the Arab-Islamic Summit held this past Saturday in Riyadh, most leaders shunned interactions with the Syrian regime’s President, Bashar al-Assad on the sidelines of the summit.