Despite international sanctions and condemnation, the Russia-backed Assad regime is exploring ways to take back opposition and rebel-held territory where millions of displaced Syrians reside.
The election was managed to artificially prolong the Assad regime's lifespan, even though its grip on power is at its weakest point.
Experts say Bashar al Assad held an election to force Syrians into submission and give his few international supporters a reason to keep backing him. Can he succeed, though?
Wednesday's vote is the second presidential election since Syria's war began 10 years ago and has been dismissed as a sham by the opposition and several countries.
With opponents exiled abroad barred from running and no voting in large swathes of territory outside regime leader Bashar al Assad’s control, there is no doubt he will take the election.
Turkey, Russia, Qatar have reaffirmed their commitment to advance the political process in Syria instead of a military solution.
Denmark has decided to send 94 Syrian refugees to deportation camps and have determined that Damascus and its surrounding areas are now safe to inhabit.
The same day the UN published its latest Syria inquiry report, which classified the regime’s acts as international crimes, it also prepared to elect it to a body that protects self-determination.
Once pledging allegiance to al Qaeda, the HTS’s Mohammed al Jolani is rolling up his sleeves to fight his past and convince the world that he’s the man who can save Syria’s Idlib.
If Biden crafts an Obama 2.0 foreign policy, the result will be a world where illiberalism and tyranny prosper.
It constitutes a systematic strategy whereby forced disappearances are used to intimidate society and fund the regime, report says.
On the tenth anniversary of the Arab Spring, TRT World spoke with Gilbert Achcar, who has written extensively on the politics of the Middle East, to make sense of what transpired and what comes next.
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