Northern Syria, where the Assad regime has little control, is a political theatre with different militant alliances running different regions. This is what’s going on.
Artillery units of the regime forces on Friday night carried out intense attacks on the opposition’s frontline to seize the Turkmen Mountain in Syria’s northwestern Latakia province.
Two Israeli missiles land near Damascus airport as the Syrian regime offensive continues in areas bordering Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Jordan.
While the US has warned the Syrian regime over its actions on a deescalation zone in the south of the war-torn country, any US military intervention has been ruled out by the Trump administration.
Russian authorities say they struck a deal for a safe zone with opposition forces in Syria's Homs province.
Russia's lead negotiator Alexander Lavrentiev says Turkey, Russia and Iran failed to establish the "de-escalation zones" in war-torn Syria. The trio plan to take up the issue in a meeting in Iran next month.
The latest announcement extends the ceasefire alongside Deraa city to the whole of southern Syria, including the strategic southwestern Quneitra province near the border with Israel.
The announcement came on the same day as the United Nations said it wanted to start a fresh round of peace talks between Syrian factions on July 10 in Geneva.
Turkey has long insisted that safe zones are needed to solve the crisis in Syria. Some believe that the newly agreed de-escalation zones are what was proposed all along. Actually, they're not.
The deal to create de-escalation zones in the major areas of conflict in western Syria took effect at midnight and is expected to remain valid for at least six months.
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