It's been nearly three years since a new governance and security infrastructure was put in place in Afrin, Syria - but the menace of terror still haunts its people.
Iran has managed to entrench itself in Syria and is fast becoming an immovable force in the country.
Representatives of Russia, Iran, Venezuela, China, Lebanon, and Iraq attend a two-day meeting about facilitating the return of millions of refugees. Turkey hosts the most Syrian refugees and has not been invited.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed over a million people and infected more than 34.5 million worldwide. Here are the developments for October 2:
Israel is reported to be behind the strikes which sources say targeted a major Iran-backed ammunition depot on the edge of the Syrian capital and killed five fighters linked with the Islamic republic.
Experts say Syria's economic woes could weaken Bashar al Assad's military stranglehold over the country.
Iran has a longterm ideological and military aim that doesn't require the Syrian regime to reform, or redeem itself.
New claims surrounding the death of a prominent Hezbollah commander shed light on the shifting ground realities in Syria and the region.
The rights group said that it documented at least 18 attacks on medical facilities and schools in less than a year.
US special envoy for Syria, Jim Jeffrey, said the Libyan conflict could even get more complicated, adding "the Russians are working with Assad to transfer militia fighters, possibly third country, possibly Syrian, to Libya, as well as equipment."
Bashar al Assad's Syria appears to be at odds with Russia on several fronts as Moscow’s financial troubles swell.
While the virus has struck both countries, killing thousands of people, they continue to target each other on foreign battlegrounds.
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