Common sense would suggest the world is indeed now a much safer place with ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's passing. Unfortunately, however, there is no guarantee this will prove to be true in practice.
Throughout Syria's war, President Bashar al-Assad has managed to stay in power through "ruthless desire to rule and perpetuate the reign of this family," says Sam Dagher, foreign correspondent and author of a new book on the Assad family.
In a Twitter thread, US President Donald Trump said the US withdrawal from Syria would be a thorn in the side of Russia and China, who "love to see us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so." But analysts disagree.
It's been eight years since Syria began its descent into war, and while ISIS is fighting over a final shred of territory in eastern Syria, there are wider economic difficulties the Syrian government faces despite military victories.
The Russian-Turkish agreement to designate a demilitarized zone may have averted an imminent attack on Idlib but many of the Syrians who live there, like Mohammad Hmeidan and his family, are still waiting for a more permanent solution to their displacement.
Israel's foreign minister Tzipi Livni could become the country's next prime minister. She's pledged to continue peace negotiations with Syria started by Ehud Olmert this summer. But as The World's Aaron Schachter reports, Syrians aren't that optimistic.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is the "Bawabet Dimashq" or Damascus Gate restaurant in Damascus, Syria. The place can seat over 6,000 people. The World's Aaron Schachter went there to check out the menu.
A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip is set to expire this week, and there's concern that violence will erupt when it does. Anchor Lisa Mullins finds out more from The World's Quil Lawrence - who's in Gaza.
The answer to today's Geo Quiz is Damascus, the capital of Syria where children had the opportunity this weekend to perform in a circus show sponsored by the UN and Danish government. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Lina Sinjab in Damascus.
Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. will be sending two high-level envoys to Syria. To learn what these new envoys will face, we are joined by Richard Murphy, former U.S. ambassador to Syria and former assistant secretary of state for the Near East.
After four years with no official presence in Damascus, the Obama administration will reinstate an ambassador to Syria. The Takeaway talks to Andrew Tabler, a Syria expert with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal, three American hikers, were arrested for crossing the border into Iran. Sandy Close, executive director of Pacific News Service, joins The Takeaway to discuss the capture.