The US surprised the world by announcing plans to send troops to Syria to “train, advise and assist on the ground.” Since the conflict began back in 2011 Washington refused calls to send ground troops. What's behind this change of heart?
Why is the latest US military engagement in Syria so controversial? A peak into their shared history explains the complicated relationship between Washington and Damascus.
The US is increasingly moving away from its anti-Assad course. Syria's president appears increasingly confident, announcing that conditions will apply to governments that seek to rejig their relationships with Damascus.
US President Barack Obama has said he plans to increase the number of soldiers combating the self-styled "Islamic State" in Syria. The move will significantly increase US military presence in war-torn Syria.
Russia's military intervention in Syria has been going for almost a year now. Many experts believe that Russia has achieved its main objectives. Nevertheless, a resolution to the conflict is nowhere in sight.
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