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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

UN Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will step down at the end of November, with his personal failure to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis being added to that of the UN, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

The US has said it will maintain a military presence in Syria until further notice, thus putting a political solution out of reach, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

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

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