German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is in Algeria to discuss expanding relations between Europe and Africa. On the agenda: the Syrian conflict and Algeria's energy future.
Russian airstrikes have given cover to Syrian forces advancing into rebel-held territory in the south. In a confused situation, rebels seem ready to deal with Russian officials.
Since a major offensive by the Assad regime in southwestern Syria, thousands more Syrians are attempting to escape the disaster zones – but neighboring Jordan and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights have shut their borders.
Russia has admitted four of its soldiers were killed in the clash with what it called "terrorists." Jihadists had targeted Syrian and allied Russian fighters near the town of Mayadeen in eastern Syrian.
The story of Western intervention in the seven-year Syrian civil war is one of missed opportunities. In responding to such conflicts, the West must learn from its past mistakes, says DW's Kersten Knipp.
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