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The actors in the Syrian conflict are repositioning their forces along lines determined by the electoral cycle in Washington, reports Bassel Oudat in Damascus

What have been the reasons behind the failure of the Syrian opposition since the outbreak of the revolution in early 2011, asks Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Prospects for the next round of the Russian-sponsored Astana meetings on Syria look dim even before they take place at the end of this month, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Israel had ambitions to take over the Syrian Golan Heights even before its occupation of the area began in 1967

In promising to recognise the Israeli occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights, US President Donald Trump is making a gift to Israel of something he does not own, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

The International Coalition is mopping up last pockets of IS fighters in eastern Syria, but the group will likely return in the absence of political solutions to the problems of the region, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan for an international group to take charge of the Syrian crisis is unlikely to succeed, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

The announcement this week that the US will be keeping some troops in Syria has once again drawn attention to the incoherence of its strategy in the region

With debate continuing in many European countries over what to do with returning Islamic State group fighters, many Syrians are insisting that they be prosecuted for their crimes, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Russia reiterates it will form a constituent assembly to draft a constitution for Syria. But this would only circumvent addressing more vital issues, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Military disagreements are erupting between Russia and Iran in Syria, including indirect clashes that could mark the end of their tactical alliance, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

The Russian alliance with Iran in Syria and Iran’s deep infiltration of the country will make it difficult for the Russians to curb Tehran, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

The US is creating a safe zone in northern Syria that Turkey will control, but neither power is prioritising the needs of local residents, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Israel is striking deeper into Syria after the announcement of the withdrawal of US forces from the country, with the apparent aim of targeting Iran, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Armed groups in northern Syria are finishing each other off in what is believed to be part of a restructuring of the region, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Moves are afoot to rehabilitate the Syrian regime by re-admitting it to membership of the Arab League

The US has announced it will keep its forces in Syria indefinitely as part of the war against the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in the region, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

The world’s leading powers are battling over Syria’s new constitution, with Russia insisting it should be based on the Astana Process and the US wanting to see it supervised by the UN, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

A new UN envoy to Syria begins his tenure next month, with the challenges awaiting him being close to insoluble, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

Various meetings on the Syrian crisis took place in October, but with few if any results, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

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