Russia in Syria

Can Turkey fit into the Biden administration’s Syria policy?

The gnarliest problem: Pentagon report says Syrian, Iranian proxies are "most significant" threats to US mission, but the Islamic State isn’t dead yet, and Turkey and the United States still disagree on the Kurds.

Week in Review | Syria Conflict | Feb 19, 2021
al-monitor Displaced Syrians demonstrate against President Bashar al-Assad and the upcoming presidential election in the rebel-held city of Idlib on Feb. 19, 2021. Photo by OMAR HAJ KADOUR/AFP via Getty Images.

Does ‘Syrian trio’ of Russia, Iran and Turkey have a future?

There are signs that the Astana talks on the Syrian war — which began in 2017 and are sponsored by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran — have little prospect of making progress going forward.

Kirill Semenov | Syria Conflict | Feb 19, 2021

Damascus scrambles for more control in southern Syria

As the Russian-brokered Tafas agreement in the western countryside of Daraa between the Syrian regime and the Central Committee enters into force, the regime is now seeking to take over the towns outside its control in southern Syria before the upcoming 2021 presidential elections.

Khaled al-Khateb | Syria Conflict | Feb 17, 2021

Islamic State kills two dozen pro-regime fighters in Syria

A firefight in the Deir ez-Zor desert is the latest sign of the Islamic State terror network's lingering presence.

Al-Monitor Staff | Russia in Syria | Feb 9, 2021

Syrian government, SDF trade accusations of violations of Russian-mediated cease-fire

No sooner had an agreement been reached between the Syrian regime and US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces to lift the mutual sieges imposed in northeast Syria that accusations were traded about violations of the Russian-sponsored deal.

Khaled al-Khateb | Syria Conflict | Feb 9, 2021