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The US has renewed its commitment to a political solution in Syria, but it is still doing nothing to bring one about, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Russia is working to return the Syrian refugees to their country, but few have returned in the absence of a political solution to the conflict, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

The summit between Russia, Iran and Turkey on Syria failed to find a solution to conflicting interests, with hundreds of thousands of civilians likely to pay the price, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Russia and the Syrian regime have been encouraging the return of the Syrian refugees to their country, though the latter can have little confidence in either, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

The Islamic State group has attacked a Druze region in southern Syria, raising questions as to who is benefiting from its revival

Three million opposition lives are in danger in Idlib, a strategic area for international players in the Syrian crisis, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Israel was strongly present at the recent US-Russia summit in Helsinki, showing its determination to decide Syria’s military and political fate, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Russia is expanding its military control of Syria in preparation for what may be a US-backed Russian takeover of the country as a whole

While the Syrian opposition has been suffering further losses on the battlefield, this does not necessarily mean victory for the regime, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Russia has been assisting the Syrian regime in its war on the opposition in the south of the country, with particular rewards being set aside for Israel

An abrupt message received by the Syrian opposition that it should not rely on US military intervention in the south has upturned political calculations and emboldened Bashar Al-Assad

Russia is pushing for the drafting of a new constitution for Syria that will threaten the transitional phase and bolster the Syrian regime

Linked by the war in Yemen, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi are forging ahead with enhanced ties in numerous fields, solidifying their combined regional influence

Developments over the past few weeks in Syria indicate that Russia is trying hard to distance itself from Iran

Russian President Vladimir Putin met his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad in Sochi this week, with many believing that Russia could now be ready to change its position on Iran, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Russia and its allies are competing with the US and its allies to impose a political solution to the Syrian crisis, with there being little middle ground

Last week’s Western air strikes on Syria only benefited the regime and its allies, being all the more ineffective because they were not part of a comprehensive strategy, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

After this week’s reported chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian regime on Douma in Eastern Ghouta, there are fears the struggle will now spread to the strategic area of southern Syria, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

US President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US is withdrawing its forces from Syria has spread consternation in Syria and the wider region, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Fighting in the Syrian conflict has been escalating since the beginning of the year, indicating that the international players are determined to use military options to assert their influence

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