Iran will join international negotiations on Syria's future after accepting a US invitation to participate. The talks will begin this week in Vienna. Iran is already directly engaged in the Syrian conflict fighting against the Islamic State.
The Syrian opposition and forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are not the only groups fighting in the conflict. Other countries have also intervened to pursue their own interests.
Syrian forces have launched a series of rocket attacks and airstrikes on the rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta, where 500 civilians have been killed in the past week. A UN vote on a ceasefire has been delayed.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the war in Syria defies all logic. It is driven by cynical rivals who use short-term tactics without pursuing any long-term strategies, says DW’s Kersten Knipp.
Despite a UN Security Council-approved ceasefire in Syria, the regime has reportedly carried out fresh airstrikes in eastern Ghouta. More than 500 civilians have been killed in government raids in the past week.
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