With outposts in the Middle East and Africa, France has been involved in Syrian politics since the 1920s and continues to meddle in the region.
As northern Syria continues to be the theatre of a violent war waged by the Assad regime, many surviving artists on the ground are turning empty rocket and bullet shells into impressive artwork.
The Syrian pound has hit a new low against the US dollar as its main backer Iran navigates renewed social unrest and regional tensions.
The most outspoken celebratory messages for the killing of the controversial Iranian general came from the Turkey-backed Syrian National Amy, while the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces remain silent.
Idlib has come under mounting bombardment in recent weeks, displacing tens of thousands of people in the northwestern province, despite a truce brokered by Turkey and Russia.
Experts say the contact is symbolically important but wouldn’t change much on the ground as Turkey and Russia are still on opposite sides over Idlib.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets Syria regime leader Bashar al Assad during an unprecedented visit to Damascus as prospect of war between Iran and US loom over Mideast.
Pro-Iranian militias in Syria's Deir Ezzor province recently came under missile attacks from unknown launchpads and Tehran did not react to the escalation, indicating the hostility is likely to have wider consequences.
The strikes which hit Jubass village in Idlib province killed at least eight civilians, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The Syrian regime has captured at least 35 residential areas in the past four days in the northwestern Idlib province.
State TV without giving further details said one of the Israeli missiles was shot down near the Damascus suburb of Aqraba, while residents of the capital city said explosions could be heard near area.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says eight civilians were killed in the town of Saraqeb while four others were killed in separate air strikes in other towns of southern Idlib.
The leaked Iranian cables show that Iran has outmanoeuvred the US in Iraq, but the tragedy is that Iraqis are perpetual victims of imperialism.
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