A growing international chorus is warning the Syrian government against attacking Idlib province. The United States has urged the Assad government not to resort to chemical weapons, while the United Nations is warning of a potential bloodbath.
Russia's Vladimir Putin has put forward measures to bring the devastating war to a close with the help of Turkey and Iran. Despite renewed peace efforts, a political solution to the eight-year conflict remains elusive.
Some 300 babies worldwide die every day due to the effects of war, Save the Children has estimated in an analysis focused on 2017. About one in five children — or 420 million total — were living conflict zones.
German IS fighters, along with their wives and children, are in the custody of Syrian Kurdish authorities. The end of the IS "caliphate" and US plans to withdraw from Syria have made dealing with these detainees urgent.
Syria's complex and devastating civil war has drawn in multiple foreign powers since it broke out in 2011. With Russia and Turkey seeking new solutions, DW examines where the major players stand on the conflict.
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