Russia says its planes have destroyed Islamic State command posts. But according to the US defense secretary Islamic State is probably not even in the area Russia is bombing. Could Russian jets be taking out rebels in the Syrian civil war?
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.
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.
Near Syria's capital, Damascus, fighting has escalated between the Syrian government and rebels in the suburb of eastern Ghouta. DW takes a look at these various groups and who supports them.
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.
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