A new seat at the negotiating table: Iran joins negotiations in Vienna aimed at ending Syria's bloody civil war for the first time. But deep divisions remain. Not least over what the future should hold for Tehran's ally Bashar al 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.
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.
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.
Russia's foreign minister indicated Moscow would support a 30-day ceasefire in Syria at the UN Security Council. The international community has accused Moscow and Damascus of indiscriminate shelling of civilians.
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