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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

Regime flags are now flying in the northern Syrian city of Afrin, ostensibly under Kurdish militia control

UN Security Council Resolution 2401 forcing a one-month ceasefire in Syria may not be enough to end the massacres in Eastern Ghouta

US forces killed some 200 Russian fighters in Deir Al-Zor in eastern Syria this week in the first fatal engagement between the two countries since the end of the Cold War

For the first time in 40 years, an Israeli jet has been shot down from Syria

Turkey has been doing battle in the northern Syrian town of Afrin against separatist Kurdish militias for the past three weeks, so far without any great success

The US has announced a new strategy on Syria, but observers are responding cautiously because of past experience and its lack of credibility

The protests in Iran are being closely watched in Syria, as the fate of the regime in Damascus is bound up with that of the one in Tehran, writes Bassel Oudat in Damascus

With the rising star of Russia in the region and the demise of the Islamic State group, nothing is certain about the fate of Syria as it enters an eighth year of civil war.

The Syrian opposition has called for a boycott of the Russian-sponsored Sochi Conference on the crisis in the country, seeing it as a way of legitimising the Damascus regime

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