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Comment: Syria's education system was decimated by the brutal civil war, and the outlook under Assad is equally bleak, writes Elisabeth Longuenesse.

The United States on Tuesday put a confidant of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, on its terror blacklist.

After Daraa, will Assad reconquer all of Syria?

Paul Iddon

After Daraa, will Assad reconquer all of Syria?

Analysis: Tens of thousands of rebels remain in Idlib, Kurds hold several territories and US troops are also active in the north, notes Paul Iddon.

Major Syrian rebel group quits al-Qaeda-linked coalition

Paul McLoughlin

Major Syrian rebel group quits al-Qaeda-linked coalition

Syrian rebel group Nour al-Din al-Zinki has walked away from the radical umbrella group as tensions between two rival opposition camps threaten ...

Russia still backing Syrian regime despite horrific sarin attack

Robert Cusack

Russia still backing Syrian regime despite horrific sarin attack

Moscow reaffirmed its support for the Syrian regime's military despite the horrific killing of scores of civilians in a chemical attack on a ...

The New Arab

US tells Russia it's time to re-think Assad support

The US Secretary of State has warned Russia to re-think its support for Bashar al-Assad's Syrian regime after it was blamed for a major chemical attack.

James Denselow

The battle to rebuild Syria

Comment: Despite recent violence reminding us that the Syrian conflict is by no means over, debate is raging around how the country will be ...

Stasa Salacanin

Weapons sales: The key to Russia's Middle East agenda

Analysis: Moscow is seeking to expand its influence in the region, but it will have to play the long-game given the current geopolitical ...

Naveed Ahmad

Iran's quest for foreign naval bases

Comment: A wide-ranging analysis of potential overseas Iranian assets shows Tehran's capabilities may not match its ambitions - yet, writes ...

Could Kazakhstan broker a political settlement in Syria?

Sultan Barakat

Could Kazakhstan broker a political settlement in Syria?

The Astana Talks provide hope for a negotiated political settlement in Syria due to Kazakhstan's neutrality in Syria's brutal conflict, writes ...

Alain Gresh

Saudi Arabia mired in quicksand of the Middle East

The long read: Two years after acceding to the throne, King Salman faces mounting challenges; both regional and domestic, and questions around ...

Deal proposes 'drawn and thirded' Syria under Assad figurehead

The New Arab & agencies

Deal proposes 'drawn and thirded' Syria under Assad figurehead

Details have emerged of a proposed deal between Russia, Turkey and Iran to bring the war in Syria to an end by carving the country into three ...

After <em>Aleppo</em>

Mona Alami

After Aleppo

Comment: The battle for the northern capital and its ultimate capture consecrated the routinisation of violence in a country, plagued by a ...

Rebels plea for respite as regime advances in <em>Aleppo</em>

The New Arab & agencies

Rebels plea for respite as regime advances in Aleppo

Rebel central command in Syria has called for a truce and the safe evacuation of wounded fighters and civilians, as regime troops capture ...

Syrian regime urges rebels to quit East <em>Aleppo</em>

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime urges rebels to quit East Aleppo

Leaflets have been dropped on East Aleppo urging rebel fighters to put down their weapons and surrender the area to the regime.

The New Arab

Seeking Saudi forgiveness, Egypt phones its Gulf friends

With the Egyptian economy spiraling out of control and a lucrative oil deal between the two states suspended, Cairo is desperately seeking to mend ties with Saudi Arabia

Dr. Radwan Ziadeh

Ignorance and intervention: Trump and Clinton debate Syria

Comment: Both candidates are critical of the White House's current policy in Syria, but how would a Trump or Clinton presidency change the ...

Joey Ayoub

What's behind Stop the War's aversion to Syria voices?

Comment: The problem with the Stop the War coalition, is that it is fundamentally not anti-war, but simply anti-western intervention, writes ...

The New Arab & agencies

Medics plead for access to Syria's embattled Aleppo

MSF says medical workers in Aleppo are exhausted and that the overstretched facilities face an impending fuel shortage.

Kurdish hopes for autonomy in Syria: An uncertain affair

Dr. Radwan Ziadeh

Kurdish hopes for autonomy in Syria: An uncertain affair

Comment: Dr Radwan Ziadeh takes a look back at the timeline of events since 2011 in northern Syria, that shaped the alliances and battles taking ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey sends in reiforcements while troops clash with Kurds

Turkey troops have clashed with Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, as Ankara sends more tanks over the border for the offensive against IS ...

Nusra-vs-IS: Jolani reaps the fruits of Baghdadi's jihadist bandwagon

Mona Alami

Nusra-vs-IS: Jolani reaps the fruits of Baghdadi's jihadist bandwagon

Comment: Mona Alami analyses the backdrop and implications of al-Nusra Front's split with al-Qaeda and its bid to replace the declining Islamic ...

Lessons from Srebrenica to Syria

James Denselow

Lessons from Srebrenica to Syria

Comment: The case of Srebrenica and the division of Yugoslavia after a bloody war can illuminate historically-grounded lessons for postwar ...

The credibility of the international community is at stake

James Denselow

The credibility of the international community is at stake

Comment: The Syria peace process is vital to countries far from Syria's borders, and the world needs to come together to stop the violence, ...

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