Russia began carrying out air raids near the city of Homs in Syria on Wednesday. It says it's target is Islamic State but Washington has expressed concern that Moscow may be hitting moderate groups that are opposing President Assad.
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 almost 500 civilians have been killed in the past week. A UN vote on a ceasefire has been delayed.
Russian mercenaries reportedly died in a US attack in Syria, marking the biggest confrontation of the two former Cold War opponents in decades. The incident is explosive in every respect, but what really occurred?
The conference saw the Russian foreign minister being heckled and the Syrian opposition refusing to leave the airport. But the event ended with a plan to draft a new constitution as part of efforts to end the Syrian war.
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