US Vice President Joe Biden is in Berlin - his first official visit to the German capital. He will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before attending the Munich Security Conference. Syria is expected to dominate the conference.
The battle for Aleppo is over. The Syrian civil war is not. Matthias von Hein says that propagandizing against Moscow, Tehran or Damascus is counterproductive - because the true picture is gray, not black and white.
Turkey is expanding its ground offensive. Turkey's push into Syria was announced to push back the self-styled "Islamic State" but also appear intent on blocking Kurdish gains.
Syria's main opposition group has signaled conditional readiness to attend a new round of UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva from next weekend. Syria's partial ceasefire has surprised many by entering its second week.
No sooner had the conflict in eastern Ukraine frozen than Russia began its military deployment to Syria. Moscow's return to the world stage presents new opportunities, but also new dangers.
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