Washington is the main funding source of the two terror groups that receive millions of dollars every year, not to mention the illicit oil revenues they extract from occupied territories.
The Wagner Group is Putin's most potent weapon in advancing Russian policy objectives while maintaining plausible deniability.
Iran has been rehearsing its response to the United States for two years - and this might just be the tip of the iceberg.
Idlib today bears the brunt of the Assad regime's Soleimani-inspired scorched earth strategy which will blight Syria for a long time to come.
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.
More than 20 people wounded as two car bombs and an explosives-rigged motorcycle blow up in a market and near a school in Qamishli city, a Britain-based war monitor says.
The Syrian regime and Russia were under the impression that the YPG is on the ropes, but that turned out to be a strategic miscalculation as the YPG is still unwilling to make major concessions. This means the YPG-Syrian regime deal is falling apart.
Close to Euphrates river in Iraq's restive Anbar province, Al Qaim crossing faces Al BuKamal in Syria's vast eastern region of Deir Ezzor and was recaptured from Daesh in November 2017.
The air strikes began late on Sunday and continued after midnight in the region of Albu Kamal near Syria's border with Iraq, killing 18 Iranians and pro-Iranian fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Experts argue that Washington is likely to end up hurting its own policies if it does not intervene and stop its allies in northern Syria from a resource grab.
A team of TRT World journalists visited several districts in the contested region and interviewed people affected by the brutal aerial assaults carried out by the regime and Russia.
Arab residents complain about a lack of basic services and discrimination by local administrations run by the YPG, the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terror group.
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