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HAS HE won in Syria?

Energy diplomacy gives Assad opportunity to regain legitimacy

Lebanon’s desperate need for petroleum products and electricity means the US will relax sanctions on Syria.


What does the Deraa surrender mean for Iran and Russia in Syria?

BEHIND THE LINES: In the southwest, the outside powers of relevance are Iran and Russia. The arrangement in place from July 2018 until now was the product of an uneasy standoff between them.

Syrian refugees walk as they carry containers at an informal tented settlement in the Bekaa valley

Amnesty International says Syrian refugees tortured on return

Syrian refugees were imprisoned, tortured, and disappeared after returning to Syria, according to a report by Amnesty International.


Lapid to visit Russia this week amid Syria tensions

The announcement comes two days after components of a Russian-made missile launched from Syria landed in the Gush Dan region.

Syrian army resumes shelling of rebel enclave after collapse of deal

Syrian troops backed by Iranian-sponsored militias continued bombarding a rebel holdout in southern Syria after a Russian-brokered deal to allow the Syrian government control over the area failed.

An oil tanker loads gas in Assaluyeh seaport at the Persian Gulf

Damascus positions itself as energy mafia for Lebanon

Move by Syrian regime and Lebanon could gain legitimacy for Damascus as it could try to get around US sanctions and move closer to Arab states.

Syrian missile launched towards Israel, debris found in Tel Aviv

Late on Thursday night, Syrian air defense systems were activated as Israel allegedly hit targets in Damascus. The IDF destroyed Syrian SA5 batteries after a missile was fired towards Israel.

Lebanese ministers to make highest level visit to Syria in years

Lebanese government officials have mostly avoided Syria since war began there in 2011 as Beirut adopted a policy of staying out of regional conflicts.


Will Iran continue to threaten southern Syria after Deraa deal?

For years Israel has been concerned over the possibility of a multi-front war, including a conflict in the north along the Lebanese and Golan border with Syria. Iran will have to tread carefully. 

Syrian army soldiers gesture in southern Idlib province, Syria in this handout released by SANA on M

Syrian army steps up offensive on rebel redoubt in southwest city

Witnesses and military sources that dozens of improvised missiles were fired into Deraa al-Balaad by the Syrian military's pro-Iranian Fourth Division, backed by Iranian-financed local militias.

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