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.
There are some of the 180,000 people who have escaped an upsurge in violence in the last major Syrian rebel stronghold in the last few weeks. It marks the most intense escalation between President Bashar al-Assad and his rebel enemies since last summer, with dozens killed in the shelling of insurgent territory.
ISIS fighters committed heinous crimes. Thousands are now locked up in camps and prisons across northern Syria. But the evidence against them is flimsy and the cost of justice, high. What should happen to them?
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.
As the US pulls troops out of Syria, neighboring Lebanon, with its history of sectarian politics, struggles to find national unity in its approach to the ongoing refugee crisis created as the result of seven years of war.
Russia's messaging around February, 2018, was that its military campaign in Syria was a success with only modest human cost. But according to relatives and a battlefield witnesses, several Russian private military contractors died in clashes in Syria's Deir al-Zor region contrary to the official government narrative.
Syrian refugees will never go back home if their towns can’t offer the basic services they enjoyed before the war. A lack of basic civil services leaves a perfect vacuum for extremist groups like ISIS to exploit by taking control of essentially ungoverned territory.
President Donald Trump's declaration in a phone call with Tayyip Erdoğan that he was pulling US troops from Syria stunned Turkey and left it scrambling to respond to the changing battlefield on its southern border.
The World's Matthew Bell reports that Israelis are anxiously watching events in the Middle East. What many in the west laud as an "Arab Spring" appears deeply disturbing to Israelis, who worry about what uncertainty lies ahead.
Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad disappointed those hoping for reform in his address today to the nation. The BBC's Lina Sinjab reports from Damascus that demonstrations continue despite warnings of a new crackdown.
The uprising against the 11-year rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad erupted last month in Deraa. On Monday, hundreds of Syrian troops, backed by tanks, moved against protesters in the city in an effort to crush the opposition once and for all.