Russian and Syrian forces have intensified their bombing campaign of Saraqib city, which is considered the last key opposition transit point in Idlib. This opens route for the final assault on the rebel-held bastion.
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.
After a brief rebound, the value of the Syrian Pound is once again collapsing against the US Dollar, passing the SYP1,120 for $1 barrier on Wednesday. The continued economic instability is impacting life across the country.
Since September, the value of the already-embattled Syrian Pound has collapsed against the US Dollar, reaching a new of of SYP790 against $1. The rapid collapse, exacerbated by economic difficulties in Lebanon, has so far gone unchallenged despite the many efforts of Damascus to stabilise the currency.
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.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the United States will be withdrawing all troops from northeastern Syria and that he expects Syrian Kurds to seek aid from Russia and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
After eight years of Syrian refugee influx into Turkey, the country's attitude towards them has turned sour. As a result, the Government wants Syrians to live in the provinces that they are officially registered in, and seek permits if they want to go to other provinces.