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.
Militant groups in Syria have refused to abide by the truce unless government troops stop the violence within 48 hours. The statement comes after President Assad's army bombed rebel strongholds around Damascus.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart John Kerry have discussed proposals for joint operations against militants not observing the latest ceasefire. Bombs in Syria killed scores on Monday.
Multiple explosions have rocked the Syrian coastal cities of Jableh and Tartus, killing dozens and wounding over a hundred. The terrorist group "Islamic State" has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Peace in Syria is once again on the table. Until now, no conference has managed to find a long-term solution. According to Middle East expert Bente Scheller, that's because President Bashar al-Assad is playing for time.
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