Moscow continues to maintain it wants to hit Islamic State militants in Syria. But Turkey, whose air space was violated over the weekend, thinks otherwise. And so does the West.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, once a key figure in the so-called Islamic State, now wants Australia's help. He has spent the past 10 months in a maximum security prison in Turkey.
Syrian regime forces and moderate rebels have agreed to a ceasefire north of the city of Homs. The "de-escalation" zone created there will be monitored by Russian troops, and is the third of four planned "safe" areas.
Russia and Syria have announced a deal to de-escalate conflict in a rebel-held stronghold outside Damascus. The US, Russia and Jordan brokered a similar agreement earlier this month in southern Syria.
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