Assad's forces pressed ahead with their military offensive in Idlib, seizing a cluster of villages on the southeastern edges of the province on Thursday as the overall civilian death toll from the offensive rose further.
Months after the start of the offensive and despite heavy bombardment, Assad regime fighters have failed to make significant advances against a determined opposition force.
Most world powers have aided or stood by silently as revolutions have been crushed across the Middle East and North Africa but the people's desire to rid themselves of tyranny is still alive.
Civilians in densely populated areas have been caught up in joint Russian and Syrian regime air raids. Many say they have no choice but to flee for their lives.
Trapped civilians fear the Syrian regime is destroying vital facilities, including hospitals and rescue organisations, to clear the way for brutal ground assaults.
Many civilians seeking to escape Daesh territory have to pay smugglers fees to the PKK who then don't deliver and seek more money from them.
Residents of Syria's Qabasin say safety and stability are finally returning to the region after Turkey cleared out Daesh during Operation Euphrates Shield.
As many as 75 fighters and six civilians have been killed in the fighting between two rebel groups that erupted on Tuesday and continues to expand to more towns and villages, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The assault on Idlib has been prevented, for now. The only way to prevent a future offensive, though, will be to get the US, Turkey and NATO on a united track.
The Syrian Liberation Front and the Suqour al Sham Brigades join Free Syrian Army-linked National Front for the Liberation of Syria.
Pedro Sanchez was sworn in as Spain's seventh head of government since its return to democracy in the late 1970s, taking over from veteran conservative Mariano Rajoy who was ousted over a corruption scandal.
A group of men led a fairly successful military campaign against the Assad regime until most of them were killed, imprisoned or maimed. Their absence changed the course of the Syrian resistance.
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