Syrians mark the fifth anniversary of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. Since March 2011 a quarter of a million have died in the conflict. Six and half million have been displaced. As the war drags on, DW looks back at how it started.
Faced with development plans and a new law, Syrian homeowners must now prove their property belongs to them. But many refugees can't return home to do so, meaning the law has become a form of expropriation.
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.
The Russian government estimates that more than 100,000 civilians have evacuated besieged eastern Ghouta in the past month. The Syrian army is close to gaining full control of the rebel-held enclave.
The leaders of Iran, Turkey and Russia have held a summit in Ankara to draw up plans to end the Syrian civil war. The three sides are cooperating despite backing different sides in the conflict.
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