In an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor in northeast Syria, Gen. Mazlum Kobane speaks on a range of issues including prospects for reviving dialogue with Turkey, US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and the impact of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani's killing in Iraq.
In response to Turkey’s Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria, the Egyptian parliament hosted Syrian Ambassador to Egypt Bassam Darwish in a move to show its official support for Syria against Turkey, and as a prelude to better diplomatic relations.
Prioritizing de-escalation in southern Syria appears to be the regional consensus, but the rebels’ opposition to any deals could lengthen the process. Syria’s south is home to 1.3 million Sunni, Christian and Druze minorities.
After recapturing the Eastern Ghouta suburbs of Damascus in April, the Syrian government has worked to retake a significant portion of formerly besieged rebel holdouts in the country. These are the last remaining pockets of Rebel presence in Syria