After nearly five years of civil war the Syrian government and moderate opposition forces are to halt hostilities at midnight local time on Friday. But meantime, the conflict continues with full force in many parts of the country.
Barbara Zanchetta, a London-based expert on war studies, tells DW that analyses of Syria's conflict tend to oversimplify the complex issue by labeling it only as a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Germany has decided against military involvement in Syria's civil war, although it welcomes US-led airstrikes against the Assad regime. Marcel Fürstenau unpacks this seeming contradiction.
A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed Donald Trump's "Twitter diplomacy." The White House insists that "all options are on the table" when it comes to Syria.
The story of Western intervention in the seven-year Syrian civil war is one of missed opportunities. In responding to such conflicts, the West must learn from its past mistakes, says DW's Kersten Knipp.
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