Cities and towns along the critical highway linking Damascus with Aleppo have become sites of brutal destruction at the hands of the Syrian regime.
Middle Eastern governments have valid reasons to fear foreign conspiracies but deflecting blame on foreign hands instead of addressing citizens' grievances only weakens their own position.
The fate of Idlib ought to be the major concern of the free world, yet all it garners, at best, is a few words of concern and condemnation.
After UN refugee agency calls on Jordan to let Syrians in, Jordan's army says the border will remain closed and displaced Syrians are being provided with humanitarian aid.
Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem says that apart from Daesh and rebels, the US needs to withdraw from a strategic base in the southwest of the country.
At least 23 opposition fighters were killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide blast in southern Syria near the border with Jordan.
The Syrian regime launched an attack in Deraa in the southern province on Monday despite a ceasefire, but state media said the assault was against Daesh.
The air strikes started right after a two-day ceasefire expired. At least six raids took place in Gharz in east Daraa and in the old quarter of the city.
Attacks in areas of the southern city held by opposition fighers have escalated as the Syrian regime looks to open a direct route from Damascus to the Jordanian border.
This week is the first time Syrian regime and opposition delegates return to Geneva since UN-sponsored peace talks were suspended last April.
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