Syrian government forces have made significant advances on Eastern Ghouta in recent weeks, splitting the enclave into two parts. It’s the last major rebel stronghold near Damascus. The fighting has already claimed more than a thousand lives.
One of the last remaining towns held by "Islamic State" militants in eastern Syria has fallen according to reports from Kurdish fighters and a UK-based observer group. About 5,000 IS fighters remain holed up.
France has sent humanitarian aid to a government-controlled area near Damascus after Russia agreed to facilitate its delivery. It's the first joint humanitarian aid effort in Syria between Russia and a Western country.
The head of the OPCW says the watchdog agency is mulling a mission to Syria to probe an alleged poison gas attack. The agency now has powers to assign blame — to the chagrin of Syria and Russia.
Syrian government forces have killed 23 rebels near Idlib province, in what is the reportedly the deadliest incident in the planned de-militarized zone since it was announced.
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