A bomb that struck close to the Syrian capital Damascus has left at least sixteen people dead. President Assad was dealt another blow when one of his allies admitted the possibility of the rebels winning the conflict.
The Kurdish YPG militia has launched a bid to take Hasakeh after calling on pro-government militias to surrender. Fighting over the divided city marks the most violent confrontation between the YPG and Syrian regime yet.
On August 20, 2012, President Obama called the use of chemical weapons by Syria's Assad regime a "red line." Four years on with the Syrian war still raging, DW asked three scholars to assess Washington's Syria policy.
Russia has said it launched strikes against the so-called "Islamic State" from air bases in Iran. It's a noticeable change of strategy for Moscow as it continues to aid the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
Following the bombing of a Kurdish wedding, Turkey's foreign ministry has said it's willing to "do what it takes" to rid its borders of the "Islamic State" (IS). The militant group is the main suspect in investigations.
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