Lebanon’s desperate need for petroleum products and electricity means the US will relax sanctions on 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 were imprisoned, tortured, and disappeared after returning to Syria, according to a report by Amnesty International.
The announcement comes two days after components of a Russian-made missile launched from Syria landed in the Gush Dan region.
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.
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.
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 government officials have mostly avoided Syria since war began there in 2011 as Beirut adopted a policy of staying out of regional conflicts.
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.
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.